Fourth of July festivities can be expensive. Between the food, fun and fireworks, Americans spend billions on their Independence Day barbecues and parties. Every year, it makes us cringe. We want to throw a fun shindig, but don’t want to spend the money to do so. And, you shouldn’t have to. With these frugal living ideas, we can show you how to throw a fun 4th of July party.


Throw a BYOB!

Bring your own barbecue! A potluck-styled grill off with your closest barbecue buddies is an easy way to take off some of the cooking as the host as well as reduces your cost on food. Ask your guests that are not participating in the grill off to bring a side dish, dessert or beverage.

If you are not into a potluck, plan your menu in advance. See what is seasonally on sale at your local grocer or farmer’s market.

DIY Decorations

No need to spend a lot of money on purchasing decorations. Making your own 4th of July decorations can be a fun family activity. Good Housekeeping has some great DIY decoration ideas.

It’s All Fun and Games

No one likes to host a boring party. Board games can be expensive as can a DJ. Have a friend with an excellent taste in music? Have them put together a playlist.

What’s fun without games? Keep your house clean and the fun outdoors with these awesome DIY lawn games from Babble.

Throw your frugal 4th of July Bash

With these frugal living ideas, you are ready to throw one fun 4th of July party. Don’t feel like throwing a shindig on your own? As the 4th comes closer, head to to search for events in your area.

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What is your favorite frugal tip for fun 4th of July festivities?