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Academy Sports 4th of July Sale: Up to 50% Off Outdoor Gear

4th of July celebrations are here. To celebrate, many companies are giving out big sales. For many, it comes as a longstanding part of their culture. For others, it’s a way to have something to latch onto ahead of Prime Day deals, set to launch later in the month. Whatever the case may be, it is deals season. And that’s no different with Academy Sports + Outdoors. While these 4th of July Academy deals are live, you can save up to 50% off on everything from shoes to the best grills. Tap the button below to see all of their deals or keep reading to see our favorite picks.

O’Rageous Men’s Drainage Aquasock Water Shoes — $7, was $10

A side view of an O'Rageous Men's Drainage Aquasock Water Shoe.

This is a simple but fair one. If you like traversing in wet areas, you don’t want your best shoes to get wet and damaged. Instead, take a cheap pair of shoes meant for water that will stay comfortable even after having been wet. This pair, from O’Rageous, comes in sizes 7 through 11 (no half sizes), has EVA insoles, and use meshed materials for water drainage and ultimate breathability.

Intex Easy Set Pool — $30, was $60

A family play in the Intex Easy Set Pool.

Here’s a secret: You don’t have to have a permanent, inlaid pool. Most people just want to chill in a small layer of water to beat the summer heat, not prep for the Olympic dive contest. And with this 8 x 24 foot Intex pool, you’ll have plenty of room to chill with your friends. It has a 3-ply exterior material to avoid being punctured. Your pump can fill the pool’s sides in about ten minutes, but the thing can hold an impressive 513 gallons of water, so it’ll take a few moments before the swimming can begin.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Easy Shade 10 x 10 ft. Slant Leg Canopy — $40, was $50

The fully deployed Academy Sports + Outdoors Easy Shade 10 ft x 10 ft Slant Leg Canopy.
Academy Sports + Outdoors

Beating the shade this summer won’t only keep you cool, it’ll also help you avoid skin cancer. Get an extra 100 square feet of protection with this 10 x 10 foot canopy. Its polyester covering will block about 99% of UV rays and the complete 33.95-pound package wraps up into provided carry package. That makes this great for the lawn, good for camping, and even an excellent beach choice.

L.L. Bean Men’s Chelsea Bean 6.5-inch Boots — $95, was $139

A man wearing the L.L. Bean Men's Chelsea Bean 6.5 in Boots by the lake.
L.L. Bean

If you want durable and stylish boots for wet grass and mud, these are them. A sort of hybrid design, the top half of each boot is made with full-grain leather while the bottom half is made with a waterproof rubber bottom supported by a steel shank. The result is a shoes that can stylishly handle overcast days and walks through the morning dew. These boots are available from size 7 to 14, with no half sizes.

New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam X 880v13 Running Shoes — $100, was $140

A pair of the New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X 880v13 Running Shoes.
New Balance

It is now the season for running shoe deals, even if it feels so deadly hot outside that you might not feel ready to use the running shoes just yet. These sharp-looking New Balance runners will get you ready to go, with their thick foam padding, high air flow design, and durable rubber outsole for extra miles on the road or track. They come in half sizes from 8 to 12, plus have sizes 13 and 14. There are also highlighter yellow and dark black colorations available.

Pit Boss 850 Competition Series Pellet Grill — $450, was $550

The Pit Boss 850 Competition Series Pellet Grill being used in a yard.
Pit Boss

This grill lets you make food with old fashioned flavors while using modern day tech. With a Wi-Fi connection, you can check up on your cooking food, flame intensity, and fuel level from a distance. Or, stick around your grill and keep an eye on its LCD screen that also includes all of the appropriate readouts. This grill has ~850 square inches of cooking area and an immediate toggle for direct and indirect heat.

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