3 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July Without Blowing Your Budget


June 21, 2021

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Everybody loves to celebrate, but the cost of hosting can add up fast. If you’re planning to get together with friends and family for Independence Day, we’ve assembled a handful of holiday hosting tips for making it a fun time on a budget.

Go red, white, and blue.

Decorations are a quintessential part of any 4th of July celebration, but they can get pricey. Shop your local budget or dollar store for great options at a super affordable price point. From streamers to tablecloths, florals to signage, this is the place to get creative. (And if you need a little inspiration, head over to Pinterest before you go shopping.) Consider inviting your guests to contribute to the festive spirit by coming dressed in red, white, and blue.

Fun in the sun (and shade).

No pool? No problem. Consider running the sprinkler or arranging a water balloon fight for anyone who wants to cool down on a hot July day. Since the 4th of July is historically a sweltering time of year in much of the country, be sure to provide plenty of cold, refreshing beverages so people can stay hydrated, as well as shady spots to escape the sun. If you have a large pop-up tent (or can borrow one) this is a great way to provide a place where your guests can beat the heat.

Feeding friends & family.

Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard barbecue. Hotdogs, hamburgers and all the fixings are typically fairly affordable, especially during the summer months. Plan your menu well in advance and keep an eye on local grocery circulars for savings. As the holiday gets closer, you’ll start to notice many grocers offering deals on traditional 4th of July foods. Alternatively, consider making your event a potluck and ask your guests to bring a dish to pass.