Still haven't made your plans to get out of town on the weekend of July Fourth? Relax -- you're not alone and the areas surrounding New York offer plenty of options. There's still time to line up a trip to places like the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Watergap, the Jersey Shore, or even, God forbid, the Hamptons. If you're ready to not pass go and get away, the Weekend Travel Ideas website also has some great suggestions for first-rate July 4th Getaways From NYC.
Cabin? Looking for a cabin or house rental in a quaint town far from Manhattan's maelstrom? Check out VRBO's New York page. You can search for still-available rental properties and they're usually pretty good about letting you know if a cabin or guest house remains up for grabs for the current weekend.
Different Big City? Try Travelocity's last minute weekends section. You should be able to find flight/hotel deals for about $250 or so to a several decent spots. If you want to watch fireworks over a different skyline this is a reasonable way to make it happen. Just keep in mind the deals will be better to places like Pittsburgh or Milwaukee, than they will to more desirable getaways like Denver or Portland, Maine etc...
Hunker Down? Or you might just choose to ride it out here in the city. In that case, you'll find New York Magazine's guide to July 4th in New York indispensable.
Old standby? Pick someplace you've been and enjoyed before and get in touch with the proprietor of the bed and breakfast or hotel you stayed in. If they don't have vacancy, chances are they'll be able to refer you to one of their colleagues. We once had good luck with this when planning a last-minute trip to the Jersey Shore's Long Beach Island -- incidentally a great place to spend Independence Day Weekend!