With the 4th of July coming soon, you can practically hear the fizzle of fireworks, the sizzle of burgers, and the cracking of an opening beer. While the rest of us are digging out our coolers and shining up our grills, retailers are preparing for the holiday too. Every year, stores launch 4th of July blowouts to clear out their inventory for back-to-school season.
If your Independence Day weekend plans include hitting up the malls, our saving specialists recommend readying yourself for the sales as well as the celebrations. Gear up with our guide on what to buy (and not to buy) at 4th of July sales so you can get back to partying sooner.
What to Buy at 4th of July Sales
Grills. Grills, grills, grills! You’ll find them at many major retailers for as much as 60% off. Head to stores like Sears, Home Depot, and Walmart to hunt down a shiny new grill from Char-Broil, Kitchen Aid, or another top brand.
Patio furniture. Summer days beg to be spent outside, sprawled out on a hammock or lounging on a lawn chair, popsicle in hand. This season, you can get ahold of all the patio furniture you need to live out the summertime dream at as much as 60% off. Just check out the 4th of July sales at stores like JCPenney and Target.
Swimsuits. Outfit yourself for a day at the beach or an afternoon by the pool by shopping swimwear at Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Kmart. We predict you’ll find swimsuits for men, women, and children at up to 60% off.
Appliances. Saving up for a new fridge or AC unit? Act now, and you could purchase your coveted appliances at up to 40% of at stores like Best Buy and Sears. Score deals on fridges, stovetops, washer-dryers, and other major appliances from top brands like Kenmore and Samsung.
Mattresses. As with any holiday, 4th of July sees its fair share of mattress deals. If you missed Memorial and President’s Day sales, you may be able to find an attractive mattress offer at major retailers like Sears and Kmart. During previous Independence Day sales, these stores have offered up mattresses at up to 60% off.
Outdoor gear. When we say “outdoor gear”, we’re referring to a wide array of products—from picnicking items to camping goods to outdoor toys. In the past, retailers like Kmart, Target, and Sears have offered solid sales on outdoor living and recreation goods.
What Not to Buy at 4th of July Sales
Personal electronics. You can find a number of sales on electronics over 4th of July, but the best deals won’t surface for another couple of weeks. Around mid-July, retailers begin unleashing back to school offers on laptops, tablets, and other personal electronics.
Summer apparel and accessories. This one’s tricky. You’ll see no shortage of decent apparel deals during 4th of July sales at Macy’s, Old Navy, and other major fashion retailers. And, one might argue the time to shop for summer styles is now, when we’ve still got at least two more months of warm weather. However, you’ll find the deepest discounts on summer clothes and accessories in late August and September, when retailers slash prices by up to 80% to make way for fall styles.
HDTVs. While Sears, Best Buy, and Kmart will likely offer HDTVs up for less during 4th of July sales, the very best TV sales won’t appear until Black Friday. With November only a few months away, you may want to consider holding off until then.