Next week is one of the most historic and well celebrated days in our country’s history. On July 4th we commemorate the day the United States of America declared independence. With the celebration comes a potentially large bill. This could be from travel expenses, decorations and outfits, or food and refreshments. Below are some ways to save for this coming holiday.
The most important thing you can do when traveling for a holiday is to plan ahead. If you are flying, buy your tickets as far ahead as possible. As you get closer to your travel date, ticket prices will increase in demand and, therefore, increase in price. The same goes for lodging.
Outfits and Decorations
DIY as much as you can. If you don’t have anything festive to wear, go to the store and buy a white shirt, some stickers and tape, and some red and blue spray paint. Use the stickers and tape to outline your design, and then use the spray paint to color in the other areas. Your result will be a very festive shirt that did not break the bank.
For your decorations, get some paper and string. Using the stickers and paint from your shirt, create some flags on the paper. Once the flags are dry, tape them to the string to create a banner.
If you like to put on a huge display, you will need to spend more to create a great show. A more economical alternative is to buy some sparklers and ground fireworks and light those off at home. For the big show, your local municipality will most likely stage an event. If not, there might be a corporation or perhaps your neighbors nearby will put on a show that you can enjoy for free.
The traditional 4th of July food is a cookout on the grill. Depending on the amount of guests you have, you can buy some burgers, buns, chips, and some beverages in the realm of $50; this can vary depending on where you live, however. If you are planning on having a big group, you can make it a potluck and have each guest bring something to the party. This keeps the cost for each individual low and doesn’t put the pressure of food and party preparation all on the host.
The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate this great country and to be thankful for what we have. Using some of the advice listed above, you can have a great time without putting a hole in your finances. Good luck if you are host for this year’s party, and if you are celebrating with fireworks and/or alcohol, please be safe.