Getting More Bang for Your Buck: How to Plan a Budget Friendly 4th of July Party

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With July just around the corner, you may be thinking about hosting the big Independence Day bash. However, hosting a backyard party with your friends and family can get a little pricy. We’ve put together a few ways you can get more bang for your buck, so you don’t blow your summer budget.

Food and Drinks

If you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, you’re already paying a pretty penny for burgers, brats and other meat to feed your guests. Welcome your guests to bring their favorite side dish or snack. This way, each guest will have a food option they enjoy, and you won’t have to cover the entire cost of feeding everyone. You can also welcome your guests to bring their favorite beverages so everyone has something they can sip on during the party. Try to provide the basics, like water, soda, ice and possibly a patriotic themed drink.


What’s great about decorating for the 4th of July is that it’s an incredibly simple color scheme: red, white and blue. Instead of scrambling to the party store and buying everything with an American flag on it, check out your local dollar store. You may find an array of items in those three colors, from utensils and plates to tabletop decorations and more. You may even be able to find and use some items from your home, like solid colored tablecloths, flags from parties past or construction paper to make decorative stars.


Between parades and fireworks shows, entertainment is well covered on the 4th of July. If your town doesn’t host an event or allow fireworks, plan a backyard bonfire with s’mores and glow sticks for the kids. Just be sure to check if your neighborhood/ municipality allows bonfires at private residences.

Tip for hosting next year

After this patriotic party passes, stock up on discounted decorations so you’re ready for next year’s party. This way, you’ll be able to grab new items at a fraction of their original price.

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