A lot of people travel for the 4th of July. It’s a great time to visit family or soak up a three-day weekend in the sun. But with gas prices at the pump up 30 percent from last year, driving anywhere seems like an expensive idea. (Flying does too, for that matter.) However, this is the weekend we celebrate America’s independence, and what’s more patriotic than celebrating your homeland at home? Staycations are a great way to enjoy the holiday, and your own city, without feeling like you just stayed in. While some staycations can mean living it up at your house with your family, I suggest staycationing in your city. You probably put money aside for vacations. And what you’re saving on gas and travel, you can put toward an extra night at your hotel or dining out at new restaurants. You can maybe even see some of the local attractions you’ve always dismissed as touristy. It can be a lot of fun, and they usually attract people for a reason. A lot of cities have concerts in the park or festivals before the big firework show downtown. Staying at a hotel nearby can alleviate the stress of traffic and parking. Enjoy your holiday, and enjoy your city! Celebrate our nation’s independence by embracing what you love about America––starting with your own hometown.