July is just around the corner and you know what that means—get out your American flag and sparklers because it’s almost time to celebrate the anniversary of our wonderful nation’s independence! If money is tight this summer, don’t fret! You can still show off your patriotism this July 4th on a budget in these six fun and easy ways!

Search Your Closet And Build Your Own Red, White And Blue Outfit

Rather than running to the stores and buying a new, patriotic outfit, search through your closet for red, white, and blue articles of clothing that you wouldn’t normally wear together. You’d be surprised at how easy it can be to build your own patriotic outfit without buying anything new!

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Don’t Waste Money On Fireworks

Rather than buying and setting off your own fireworks, check for nearby fireworks displays that you can go and view for free. It’s a lot safer than setting off your own fireworks, and definitely a lot cheaper!

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Host A Potluck

Having family and friends over for a party is a classic July 4th tradition. Providing food and beverages for all of your guests can get quite pricey. Instead, host a potluck in which your guests bring their own special dishes for everyone to enjoy. If everyone brings something different, there will be ample food for each guest while keeping the costs down for the host!

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 Make Your Own Decorations 

If you plan on hosting a party (or potluck!), you’ll want your house to be the most patriotic one on the block. Rather than raiding the party store for red, white, and blue decorations, make your own decorations! Check out these cute, easy and inexpensive 4th of July decoration ideas.

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Take Advantage Of Free Events

July 4th is one of the most fun holidays of the year—there’s bound to be various festivals, parades, fairs, etc. Take advantage! Check your local newspapers and keep your eyes open for postings about events in the area. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll find!

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Shop After July 4th For Next Year

Okay well this isn’t really a tip for this year’s 4th of July, but it could help you save money for years to come. After the 4th, all patriotic decorations and items will be heavily discounted. Get all of your decorations for next year on July 5th this year to save tons of cash!

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What are your July 4th plans?