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Have an Affordable, Fun and Safe 4th!

With the 4th of July upon us, you are probably hoping to celebrate with a few friends and family. However, if you are on a tight budget, you might not have the money to go all-out on a party. Regardless, there are plenty of inexpensive ways that you can host or attend a great socially distant 4th of July party and spend time with your loved ones. Take advantage of these tips to save money and be safe while still having a great 4th of July! 

If someone else has invited you to a 4th of July party that they are hosting, a lot of the pressure will be taken off of you to spend money on a party. However, there are still affordable ways that you can be a great guest:

Bring an appetizer or dessert. It is customary for guests to bring something to a party, such as a dip, finger food, or baked goods. Bringing a little something will be helpful for the host, but these foods won’t cost a lot of money. For example, a whole watermelon is cheap, and goes a long way!

Bring a drink to share. Instead of making or bringing food, you can bring a fun cocktail or mocktail (for the pregnant ladies, designated drivers or those who do not partake) to make the party more festive. A simple bottle of sparkling champagne or cider can be purchased for around $20, or you can have some more fun and buy ingredients for a cocktail/mocktail and bring them to the party. Your host will really appreciate the help if you offer to mix up a batch of margaritas for the adults or fruity lemonade for the kids.

Arrive early or stay late. It won’t cost you anything to help set up or break down the party, and your host will be eternally grateful, as they are probably going to be stressed about making sure that everything is perfect. Make an ice run, grab the extra tables and folding chairs from storage, set the table – just lend a hand in some way. Hanging around to pick up plates and cans left out is also helpful when the host is exhausted.

Bring a mask and travel size hand sanitizer to the party and keep a safe social distance from other partygoers!

If you want to host, suggest a party at the beach. The beach is a great place to have a party. The kids can play in the sand, you can grill, and everyone will enjoy the change of scenery.

Remember to provide a safe space with plenty of room to allow folks to remain socially distant. Also, have plenty of disposable masks and hand sanitizer for your guests! Limit the number of attendees and use common sense.

Buy party favors from the dollar store.  Set the mood with sparklers. This will definitely make it feel like the 4th of July, and it won’t cost too much.

When you follow these tips, you can have a great 4th of July without breaking the bank.

Last but not least, please wear a mask if you are out in public/at a party and practice social distancing and firework safety!

Have a fun and safe 4th!