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To score a deal, book July 4th travel on these dates

Travel leader Kayak dishes its expert intel.
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When is the best time to book July 4th travel? Oh, let us count the number of times we’ve tried to figure that one out. We’ve booked our July 4th holiday weekend travel last-minute, next-to-last-minute and day of. We’ve booked our July 4th travel on apps, websites and, back in the good ol’ days, sitting in a gray-blue chair at a travel agent’s office.

Well, if you don’t want to be disappointed with overpriced airfare this July 4th, take the advice of travel giant and gamechanger Kayak. To determine the best days to book your July 4th extravaganza, they analyzed fares for domestic flights and were kind enough to reveal their findings. The golden ticket? Book airfare for Sunday, July 2nd, and fly home on Wednesday, July 5th, with airfare hovering around $200. Meanwhile, be sure to avoid Thursday, June 29th, or Friday, June 30th, for your outbound flight, and Friday, July 7th, for your return, when airfare averages are around $400.

Interestingly, the same tip applies for Labor Day weekend as it does for July 4th: Kayak advises planning your vacation so you depart on Sunday, Sept. 3rd, and return home on Tuesday, Sept. 5th, to snag a deal for around $171.

With services like Kayak Trips, this company is far more than a travel-fare aggregator. They offer oft-overlooked tools and functions to make travel easier. Plus, once you try Kayak Trips, you’ll realize it’s like having your very own virtual travel personal assistant — and you’ll never look back. They also release wildly interesting data, trends and general travel tips on their helpful blog. So grab a coffee, sit back and figure out where you’ll be viewing the fireworks this year. Let your imagination run wild and rest assured that your wallet won’t suffer for it.