Fourth of July: Throwing a Festive and Frugal Party

Posted on 06/21/2011

According to, 76 million Americans took part in a barbecue last year, and many of them probably happened on the same day: July 4th. It would be silly to celebrate Independence Day by getting more shackled in debt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark the Fourth of July with a festive and frugal party.

Serve Up BBQ Staples - No need to go fancy with food for your Fourth of July bash. Stick with staples like baked beans, potato salad and hot dogs. These all happen to be very affordable and very traditional when it comes to an American backyard summer party.

Decorate with Freebies - Don’t buy what you can get for free—and that includes decorations! Check out these free festive Fourth of July printables from They’re offering up an invitation, water bottle labels, a banner and more.

Serve Batches of Drinks - Soda and alcohol can eat into your party budget pretty quickly. Instead use large pitchers (borrow some of you have to) and mix up tea, lemonade or other low cost drinks. These cost pennies per serving.

Piggy Back on Big Events - Every city I’ve lived in threw big Fourth of July celebrations that included free entertainment like parades and fireworks. Consider piggy-backing off of these events by holding a picnic in a nearby park or gathering friends together to watch the big fireworks display.

Ask Guests to BYOF - If you focus on the food, drinks and decorations let guests focus on the other important element of Independence Day: the fireworks. Ask them to bring their own. Just make sure you let them know of any limitations you have when it comes to explosives being set off on your property. By passing off this expense you can focus on making every other detail of your frugal 4th party sparkle.

By Alison Storm

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