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Celebrate 4th of July on a Budget

How to celebrate the 4th of July on a budget

Summer, fireworks, and barbecue!

That’s what makes 4th of July one of my favorite holiday of the year apart from Christmas 😉

It is a great day to celebrate with friends and family, have a picnic, enjoy some good food, and mesmerize the fireworks in the night.

But if you don’t pay attention you may go overboard with the expenses even with a small get-together.

As per these statistics published by Student Loan Hero, on an average total an American family spends around $710 on the 4th of July celebration. This includes the food, alcohol, fireworks, travel, and patriotic merchandise costs.

That is a considerable amount to blow up your budget easily if you don’t watch out your expenses.

Find some ways below to celebrate 4th of July on a budget without breaking your bank.

Fun and cheap ways to celebrate 4th of July on a budget

1. Plan a potluck

What can be more fun, entertaining, and pocket-friendly than hosting a potluck with your family and friends?

When hosting a party, food and drinks are the major expenses.

If each family brings some food and drinks, you will get to enjoy a variety of food as well as will be able to keep your expenses low.

2. DIY your decorations:

Instead of buying readymade decorations from the store, be creative, and design your decorations.

All you need is red, white, and blue craft supplies and a hot gun to create a variety of decorations on your own. Also, you can get the kids involved too.

Also, don’t forget to check out the dollar store for some $1 decorations, paper plates, cups, flags, and everything else you need for the party.

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3. Design your own outfit

Get some old shirts out and design your own 4th of July outfit this year. You can paint them, or hand print them to create some cool designs.

Also check out these some cool design your own 4th of July clothing and accessories ideas.

4. Skip the fireworks

Fireworks are an important part of the 4th of July celebration but arranging a firework display at home does cost a considerable amount.

So, maybe you can light up some sparklers this year instead of doing a full-flash fireworks display.

Also, most of the cities have their own fireworks display for everyone. So, you can go watch the fireworks there instead of having a private display.

Celebrate 4th of July on a Budget

5. Plan some free games or activities

To keep the guests entertained especially if there are lots of kids, plan some free activities and games to keep them busy.

It can be as simple as sack races, kickball games, bubbles, and so on.  You don’t have to spend a lot to plan those games.

Here are some more 4th of July fun game ideas that you can try!

6. Borrow before you buy

Don’t have a fancy grill or a pot or a pan that you need for the celebrations?

Instead of just rushing to the store to buy a new one, check with your family and friends and they might have one that you can borrow for a day or two.

7. Be smart about the drinks

Arranging alcohol for a large party is expensive.

You can either serve a drink like Sangria which doesn’t need to have expensive wine. Full of fruits and red wine, Sangria will make a good festive drink that won’t break your budget. Also, you can opt for beer too.

You can also plan a “bring your own booze” kind of party. In this everyone, brings in whatever they want to drink that saves you some cash.

8. Go camping in your backyard

Backyard camping is so much fun and doesn’t cost much.

Set up a tent in your backyard and spend a night playing games and enjoying some quality time with family under the stars.

You can also invite few family or friends to make it much more enjoyable.

9. Have a pool party at your home

Having a swimming pool at your home? Throwing a 4th of of Juy party is the best way to put that pool to use.

There can be nothing more fun than swimming and having a party on a hot summer day.

Final thoughts on celebrating 4th of July on a budget

You can definitely enjoy 4th of July without breaking the bank if you’re are intentional about how you spend your money. Use the tips mentioned-above to have fun and enjoy the holiday but not at the cost of any stress of any credit card debt.

Do let me know in comments if you liked these ideas and I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July celebrations this year.


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Hi, I'm Anika. With my majors in Accounting and Finance, I'm here to empower people by sharing the simple and actionable money management and money-saving tips to live a debt-free financially independent life. I have been featured on popular websites like Bankrate and Authority Magazine.