The best 4th of July sales 2018: the deals are here

4th of July sales

Today is the 4th of July, the day America celebrates its independence. More than just fireworks, parades, and picnics, though, the 4th of July is also a day of great sales events. It's one of the best times to get deals on seasonal goods as stores try to start clearing out their summer goods. You will see prices dropped dramatically on summer clothing and camping gear. Look for a bevy of clothing brands to have big discounts. These include:

Otherwise, you can also expect some good (but not great) discounts on grills and patio furniture. And, when it comes to consumer tech, don't expect much in the way of savings aside from HP's sale wherein it takes up to 50% off site-wide. Also, for its 4th of July sale, Incipio is offering 20% off all power products (chargers, battery packs, cables, etc.) via coupon code "PWR4U."

However, the best news of all is that you don’t have to tear yourself away from your barbecue or picnic to go out to the store for these deals. Most retailers will offer all sales items online and even have coupon codes for further discounts. To help you find the best 4th of July sales, we’ve put together this guide to steer you in the right direction.

When will 4th of July sales begin?

You can probably guess what date the 4th of July falls on this year (unfortunately it's a Wednesday, so no three-day weekend), but do you know when Fourth of July sales begin? They began last week at some stores like Walmart, The Home Depot, and Sears, and the rest began over the weekend. By now, most 4th of July sales are in full effect.

Top 4th of July sales

Walmart launched its sale on June 27, and it features discounts on nearly everything the big store sells. Look for deals on seasonal items like swimming pools, patio furniture, air conditioners, bikes, and summer clothing, as well perennially hot items like iPads and other electronics.

Home Depot
Home Depot's Red White and Blue Sale began two weeks ago, with a focus on large appliances. The big box store is taking up to 40% off washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves and more. Even better, if you buy multiple appliances, you will save even more: savings start at $50 off two appliances and go up to $500 off six appliances.

Sears is another store who launched its Fourth of July event ahead of the pack. It is currently taking up to 60% off a whole host of items, including 50% off appliances, 50% to 60% off mattresses, 30% off grills and many more discounts.

Lowe's began rolling out its 4th of July sale last week, offering deals on a selection of home goods. It is offering 15% off Char-Broil Commercial Series grills, up to 40% off select patio furniture, and up to 40% off appliances. It is also discounting specific items like Rubbermaid storage sheds, Miracle-Gro garden soil, and Iris smart home products. Even better, many of these items will be on sale past the holiday to July 9. 

As the sponsor of New York City's annual fireworks extravaganza, Macy's has long been associated with Independence Day. As such, it's fitting that the department store has a big sale each year. It is discounting items in every department. Plus, you can get an extra 25% off if you donate $3 towards helping veterans and their families, or get up to an extra 20% off using coupon code "FOURTH."

Like last year, HP's Fourth of July sale is one of the strongest when it comes to tech. In fact, this year the discounts are even better, with the store taking up to 55% off (last year it topped out at 50% off) such items as laptops, desktops, printers, monitors, and more.

For its sale, Kmart is discounting everything you need for the beach - swimwear, sandals, beachwear - by as much as 50%. It's also taking up to 40% off Americana decor. In addition to a bevy of seasonal items on discount, you can get an extra 15% with coupon code "AMERICA."

It may seem like Kohl's is always having a sale, but its Fourth of July Sale will its biggest of the summer. Expect discounts of up to 80% off, with summer clothing at clearance-level prices. To sweeten the pot even more, you can expect to score Kohl's Cash when purchasing many items.

Amazon may not have a big Fourth of July sale, but as a prelude to its annual Prime Day, it will be rolling out promotional deals like this one to entice customers to purchase Prime membership starting today. As such, look for discounts on items directly related to the perks included with a Prime membership.