Four “F”s for a Frugal Fourth of July


Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy all that life has to offer, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to soak it all in! Enjoy your freedom this Fourth of July with these cost-free activities.

Four “F”s for a Frugal Fourth of July!

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The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our country’s independence, as well as enjoy our freedoms. It’s appropriate then that some of the most traditional Fourth of July festivities can be enjoyed for free! When you’re planning your celebration this year, keep in mind these four frugal Fourth of July musts.


Boom! Get the most bang for your buck by planning your transportation to free fireworks shows ahead of time. Avoid paying for parking by walking or riding bicycles, or finding a view from a place that won’t cost a dime.


While some of us might be lucky enough to snag some free food at a neighborhood barbeque, even cooking your own food doesn’t have to cost much! Chip in with friends to buy in bulk, and keep leftovers for consumption throughout the week!

The Taste of Freedom

The Fourth of July is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million wieners on Independence Day alone. That’s enough average-sized franks to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. five times, with some left over!1


Aside from the fireworks and the food, there are a number of ways you can let loose and enjoy Independence Day. Go to the beach, a park or your favorite fishing spot. It’s your day to celebrate whatever “America” means to you!

Fun Fact: The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.2

Family & Friends

All holidays are better with loved ones, and the Fourth of July is no exception. But travel costs to visit friends and family can add up — especially if they live far away. To keep your costs down, consider hosting the celebration at your place! Or split the distance with your friends and family by celebrating at a campsite. Of course, you can always get your local loved ones — or the neighborhood — together for a good old block party.

Traffic Fun: A projected 41 million Americans journeyed 50 miles or more from home during the 2014 Independence Day holiday weekend (July 2 – 6). The majority of travelers celebrated their freedom with a road trip, with more than eight in 10 choosing travel by automobile.3


Eddie Rybarski is a copywriter at Enova International, Inc. He has previously worked as a multimedia journalist in television news and managed a pedicab company in Chicago. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, golfing, and competing in fantasy sports leagues. Find out more about him on Google+.