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10 Festive and Frugal Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

10 Festive and Frugal Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

By Matt Diehl • June 30, 2017

Happy birthday, America!

To help commemorate the birth of our nation, we’ve compiled a list of low-cost ideas that offer fun for all ages.

Here are 10 festive and frugal ways to celebrate the 4th of July:

1. Create a patriotic outfit

One way to get into the spirit is to dress for the occasion. Although you could shop for discounted 4th of July outfits, you might be able to save more money by creating your own clothing and accessories. From flag t-shirts to American flag sunglasses, let your patriotism and creativity inspire your wardrobe.

2. Cook an all-American meal

A typical 4th of July has three main ingredients: fireworks, fun and food. Whether you’re an amateur cook or an everyday chef, there are several all-American meals you can prepare for a low price.

Here are a few festive options to consider:

3. Make DIY decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with accessories made from everyday items. This could be a fun task to complete on your own or with the help of family and friends. 

Some DIY decorations include:

4. Host a BBQ

As the most popular holiday for grilling in the United States,1 cookouts are a common occurrence on the 4th. If you plan to host a BBQ in your backyard, you don’t need to burn up a lot of money to make it a success. In addition to making the party a potluck, here are some ways to cut down on party costs.

5. Coordinate a block party

Summer is the season for block parties, so why not throw one for Independence Day? This could allow a large group of neighbors, family and friends to celebrate together and close to home. To save on costs, assign each participating household a food or beverage item. To keep the crowd entertained, ask attendees to bring recreational equipment they own such as inflatables, yard games or a portable basketball hoop.

6. Plan a picnic

If your city or town offers public space to have a picnic, it could be a fun way to spend your holiday. Pack some finger foods and drinks in a cooler and lay a blanket down along a parade route. If you’re more interested in the evening fireworks, claim a prime spot early in the day and invite friends to join you during the afternoon.

7. Go camping

If you prefer peace and quiet over parties and fireworks, head for the great outdoors. The National Park Service created a list of parks by state that could help you find the perfect place to pitch a tent. By packing your meals and beverages ahead of time, you can celebrate the red, white and blue in nature and on a budget.

 8. Play 4th of July party games

No holiday party would be complete without a set of games to play. Whether you enjoy mental or physical challenges, there are many ways to entertain children and adults.

Here are some examples of 4th of July party games:

9. Attend free events and activities

As a summer holiday, the 4th of July typically offers a variety of free outdoor entertainment. The types of events and activities may vary based on where you live, but as a national celebration, most communities have a full list of entertainment to choose from.

Some examples include:

  • Parades
  • Live music
  • Arts & crafts fairs
  • Classic car shows
  • Children’s play areas

10. Make a care package for our troops

Independence Day is an ideal time to acknowledge our armed forces. If you’d like to show your appreciation to the men and women currently serving in the military, there are several affordable care package ideas to consider.

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Let freedom ring

The anniversary of July 4, 1776, will always be a day to celebrate in the United States. Hopefully these tips will help you save money while making the most out of your Independence Day.

1. Statista. “Share of Americans who grill on holidays in 2016, by holiday.” (accessed June 26, 2017).

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