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How to Celebrate a Budget-Friendly Fourth of July


The Fourth of July is a great time to spend with family and friends. But if you’re not careful – you could empty your wallet on things like food, decorations and entertainment. Continue reading for 5 cheap alternatives to help you enjoy this fun holiday.


Host a potluck barbecue. Instead of hosting a traditional Fourth of July barbecue, you should make it potluck-style so you’re not the only one in charge of supplying the food. Ask your guests to bring a dish to share, and opt to use real plates instead of paper or plastic (one less thing to purchase!) Click here for a list of 50 cheap recipes for July 4th!


Don’t go overboard on the decorations. Simply using red, white and blue table cloths and napkins will give your home a patriotic ambiance. These can all be purchased at your local dollar store. If there will be children at the party, consider having a red, white and blue water balloon fight!



Have fun with sparklers. You can’t celebrate Independence Day without sparklers! Typically, a pack of 72 sparklers can be purchased for less than $9.99.



Have a beach day. If you’re lucky enough to have the day off, bring some family and friends to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Don’t forget necessary supplies like sunscreen, beach towels, water and an umbrella.


Enjoy a free, community fireworks display. Instead of paying money for July 4th entertainment, search online and through your local newspaper for a list of free community fireworks. Pack the car with snacks, drinks – and you’re ready to go!

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