TripIt Data: Americans Celebrate Fourth of July 2022 by Traveling Overseas 

By TripIt

June 15, 2022

While the Fourth of July celebrates American independence, this year, American travelers are choosing to celebrate by exploring outside the homeland.  

TripIt analyzed U.S. origin flight, rental car, lodging, and vacation rental reservations made by our TripIt users for Fourth of July weekend 2022 and compared the findings to the equivalent booking period in 2021.  

We found that nearly 40% of all flight reservations during the holiday weekend will be to international destinations as Americans make up for lost time due to pandemic-era restrictions. We also found that major metros continue to see a tourist revival, though destinations known for open spaces and outdoor adventures continue to draw crowds, as well.  

Current Percentage of Flight Reservations Compared to Year Prior

2022 Flights
2022 Flights
2022 Flights
2022 Car Rentals2022 Lodging2022 Vacation Rentals
% change from 2021+115%+68%+290%+48%+42%+31%

Long lines loom at domestic airports 

As seen increasingly during holiday periods—most recently, Memorial Day Weekend 2022—airports can expect crowds. With reduced staff across the board—from security and concession to flight attendants and pilots—travelers can expect long lines and should be prepared for potential delays.  

We expect the busiest airports to be:

  1. SFO - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)  
  1. LAX - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)  
  1. JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)  
  1. ORD - Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)  
  1. BOS - Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)  
  1. DEN - Denver International Airport (DEN)  
  1. DWF - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DWF)  
  1. SEA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)  
  1. EWR - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)  
  1. ATL - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 

Those departing from these airports should allow extra time, especially if their flight is on Friday (7/1), the busiest day for departures, or Tuesday (7/5), when most travelers will return. For the top-five most popular airports, the busiest hours for departures (and when you should be careful to allow even more time) will be: 

Busiest Airport Hours Based on Departure Reservations

AirportDateDeparture Time (Local)
SFOJuly 1

July 5
8 a.m.
1 p.m.

1 p.m.
8 a.m.
LAXJuly 1

July 5
9 a.m.
8 a.m.

7 a.m.
10 a.m.
JFKJuly 1

July 5
5 p.m.
7 p.m.

7 p.m.
9 p.m.
ORDJuly 1

July 5
8 a.m.
9 p.m.

12 p.m.
9 a.m.
BOSJuly 1

July 5
5 p.m.
7 p.m.

11 p.m.
7 p.m.

While flights overall saw more than a 2X increase, international travel continues to make the strongest return with more than 4X the number of international flights booked compared to last year, accounting for nearly 40% or all flights departing during the holiday weekend. This builds on the trend we saw during the Memorial Day 2022 when a third of flights were headed abroad. In fact, London is the number one destination, followed by Paris (#7), Cancun (#12), Barcelona (#18), Rome (#21), Lisbon (#22), and Amsterdam (#24). 

Of the remaining domestic flights, nearly a third are to destinations in either California (15%), Florida Of the remaining domestic flights, nearly a third are to destinations in California (13%), Florida (9%), Hawaii (7%), or Washington (5%).  

Flight Destination Rankings and Rank Changes

2022 RankingCity, State2021 RankingRank Change (2021 to 2022)
2Seattle, WA42
3Chicago, IL85
4Denver, CO1-3
5Las Vegas, NV3-2
6New York, NY104
8San Francisco, CA113
9Boston, MA7-2
10Orlando, CA2-8
11Los Angeles, CA9-2
13Honolulu, HI6-7
14Minneapolis, MN206
15San Diego, CA13-2
16Kahului, HI12-4
17Newark, NJ247
19Washington, DC3112
20Atlanta, GA233
23Salt Lake City, UT15-8

Speed bump at the pump  

Despite record-high gas prices, demand for rental cars remains. While we don’t see as strong an increase YoY as we’ve seen in the past, we do see an increase in reservations, nonetheless. And while big cities rule the top 25, a few less-expected destinations make the list as well, including Anchorage, (#16), Saint Paul, MN (#17), and Santa Ana, CA (#21). 

Car Rental Destination Rankings and Rank Changes

2022 RankingCity, State2021 RankingRank Change (2021 to 2022)
1Denver, CO21
2Honolulu, HI31
3Seattle, WA2724
4Kahului, HI1-3
5Boston, MA50
6Chicago, IL104
7Orlando, FL4-3
8Los Angeles, CA1810
9Lihue, HI134
10San Francisco, CA111
11Las Vegas, NV9-2
12Salt Lake City, UT8-4
13Kailua-kona, HI141
14San Diego, CA162
15Portland, OR6-9
16Anchorage, AK7-9
17Saint Paul, MN258
18Nashville, TN5335
19New York, NY4425
20Seatac, WA12-8
21Santa Ana, CA8261
22Newark, NJ6038
23Tampa, FL329
24Fort Lauderdale, FL17-7
25Miami, FL19-6

Americans eye big cities and big skies  

We see a similar mix of big city and great outdoors when it comes to hotels and vacation rentals as well.  

Big cities continue to call it a comeback, with New York City reclaiming its number one spot for hotels, New York City (#2) continues its climb back to #1 for hotel reservations, where it reigned pre-pandemic. Chicago (#3), Seattle (#5), San Francisco (#6), Los Angeles (#10), Washington, DC (#11), and other major metros also made climbs within the top 25 for lodging. Meanwhile, Anchorage (#13), Denver (#14), and Yellowstone (#19) remained, despite some decreases in rankings. 

Vacation rentals, as usual, highlight a more eclectic mix of destinations. While mainstays like Seattle (#1), San Diego (#2), Chicago (#3), and New York City (#8) appear on the list, so do destinations like Bend, OR (#10), Asheville, NC (#15), Myrtle Beach, SC (#16), Port Angeles, WA (#23), and Fredericksburg, TX (#25). 

Lodging Destination Ranking and Rank Changes

2022 RankingCity, State2021 RankingRank Change (2021 to 2022)
1Las Vegas, NV10
2New York, NY31
3Chicago, IL85
4Orlando, FL2-2
5Seattle, WA116
6San Francisco, CA93
7Honolulu, HI4-3
8Boston, MA6-2
9San Diego, CA5-4
10Los Angeles, CA166
11Washington, DC176
12Nashville, TN120
13Anchorage, AK10-3
14Denver, CO13-1
15New Orleans, LA3318
16Portland, OR14-2
17Minneapolis, MN9073
18Lahaina, HI7-11
19Yellowstone, WY278
20Anaheim, CA18-2
21Atlanta, CA210
22Austin, TX15-7
23Miami, FL241
24Houston, TX6440
25Kissimmee, FL316

Vacation Rental Destination Rankings and Rank Changes

2022 RankingCity, State2021 RankingRank Change (2021 to 2022)
1Seattle, WA76
2San Diego, CA1-1
3Chicago, IL85
4Provincetown, MA2117
5Anchorage, AK3-2
6Honolulu, HI4-2
7Koloa, HI2922
8New York, NY3527
9Austin, TX90
10Bend, OR2818
11Los Angeles, CA2716
12Hilton Head Island, SC5-7
13Portland, OR2-11
14Kissimmee, FL173
15Asheville, NC10287
16Myrtle Beach, SC7660
17Lahaina, HI14-3
18Nashville, TN6-12
19Washington, DC15-4
20New Orleans, LA4525
21Princeville, HI4120
22Brooklyn, NY220
23Port Angeles, WA7552
24Colorado Springs, CO6339
25Fredericksburg, TX611586

Methodology: TripIt looked atU.S. origin round-trip flight reservations made between June 1, 2021, and June 1, 2022, for travel over the Fourth of July holiday (Friday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 5, 2022), and equivalent booking periodsin 2021. Reservation data in TripIt is provided by users and is booking provider agnostic.