Summer is officially here, and that means that the 4th of July is right around the corner! Nothing says summer better than Independence Day festivities; but road trips, water parks and other family activities can be pricey. Keep the budget low and the fun high over the long July 4 weekend with these ideas.
Call it a potluck
Hosting a barbecue or cookout for a dozen friends is a great time – but it can also be pretty pricey. By the time you furnish steak for all those people, or hamburgers with all the fixings, your grocery tab climbs pretty high. Instead, host a July 4 potluck and encourage guests to bring a dish that’s special to their family. Just be sure you take stock of who is bringing what; you don’t want to end up with 11 pies and zero meat (or maybe you do).
Let’s be honest; fireworks aren’t just expensive to buy, they’re also a bit dangerous – not to mention the thrill is over in about 10 minutes flat. So this year, find a great fireworks show to watch (likely for free) and skip purchasing the small stuff. If you’ve GOT to have some firework action, grab a package of sparklers for the kids.
Load up on free
Water parks and amusement parks can be expensive when you’re footing the bill for the whole family. But around Independence Day, most towns and neighborhoods feature free or low-cost events, like parades, festivals, fireworks shows and live outdoor entertainment. Take advantage of these – and get to know your neighbors.
Visit national parks
Hello, patriotism! What better way to spend the 4th than to see the nation in all its glory! Visit a national park, either for the day or the whole weekend. You’ll likely pay a small fee to enter the park, but with a picnic packed and some hiking boots on, you’ll have a low-cost day of fun ahead.
Come jump it out
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