How to Have a Cheap but Celebratory Fourth

Tomorrow is the day that we celebrate the 1776 adoption of our Declaration of Independence. It is a day to reflect on and enjoy the liberties we have been provided.

July Fourth is also a great holiday to enjoy on a tight budget. In fact, money is not always needed to have a fun Fourth. There are usually several free options available to you.

Here are some cheap suggestions that I have found work for my family:

  1. Play some ball. Get a group together and find a court or field. If you have kids, go out in the backyard. Throw a baseball or football around.
  2. Spend time with friends and family. If you have the day off, use it to spend some time with loved ones. Wherever you go today, bring someone with you.
  3. Enjoy a local park. If the weather is nice in your area, go outside. Go for a run. Explore a trail. Get away and enjoy God’s creation.
  4. Eat cheap. On the Fourth of July, eating cheap food is the norm. Purchase some hotdogs and a bag of barbecue flavored chips, and you have classic Independence Day cuisine. If you want to splurge, get a box of Bomb Pops.
  5. Go to a parade. Every town seems to have their own parade. Find one in your local area and make plans to attend. To get a good spot, be sure to arrive early.
  6. Watch some fireworks. Try to find a local fireworks show. There are usually plenty of them around. Get a few lawn chairs, lay out a blanket, and enjoy the show.
  7. Watch “A Capital Fourth” on PBS. If you can’t get out, “A Capital Fourth” is a good at-home option. The program runs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital from 8:00pm to 9:30pm EST. If you are going to watch a July Fourth celebration on television, it might as well be the one in D.C.

Pick out a few budget-friendly options for tomorrow. I have my to-do list ready.

Have a great Fourth of July. Celebrate on the cheap this year.

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