Cheap Ideas for a Fourth of July Party

Summer has officially begun and with that comes the numerous outdoor party options, barbeques, and get-togethers.

The Fourth of July is known for hot dogs, beer, friends and fireworks. It doesn’t take much to throw together a fabulous party that your friends will enjoy. Too often we get bogged down in the hosting duties and the stress of planning an event, that we forget to really enjoy what the holiday is meant to celebrate: our independence!

Having friends over is a great way to save money from going out to eat, but the costs can also easily add up if you’re the one hosting. So what’s a person to do if they want to host a Fourth of July party but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Here are some great cheap ideas for a Fourth of July party that won’t break the bank.

Fourth of July Party? Make it a potluck

Asking friends to pitch in to the festivities will ease a big burden of the expenses. Most people are also willing to bring something and will be thankful that you’re the one who is hosting. Don’t be shy in assigning people what items to bring. While some may suggest their favorite dessert, others will simply ask “What do you need?” Take advantage by making sure someone is bringing the salad, the fruit, the dessert, and leave the bulk of the grilling to you.

Keep the Fourth of July Decorations at a Minimum

Does anyone really notice the decorations? Not only can they quickly add up, but they can also be time consuming if you get all Pinterest-obsessed. Luckily, the Fourth of July is the perfect time to skimp on decorations. If you insist on being somewhat festive, stick to red, white and blue streamers, some cheap hand-size American flags and perhaps a pack of sparklers—everyone loves lighting those things up.

Buy in Bulk for Your Party

I love shopping at Costco for parties. It makes it extremely easy to buy hot dogs, burgers and buns—and alcohol!—all on a budget. You could easily feed a large group of people for the same price that it would cost to go to a fancy dinner. As for the alcohol, stick to cheap beer or ask friends to bring a bottle of wine to share. That helps ease the expense which can quickly add up.


It’s super easy to throw together an easy backyard barbeque or pool party at the last minute as long as you don’t get too stressed out over the details. Enlist your friends and hope for the best. At the end of the day, your friends aren’t going to remember what they ate or what decorations you had, but they will focus on how much fun they had with their friends that day.  Focus on what’s important—the rest is just fluff.