When you are raising a family on a single income budget, money can be a little tight for recreational activities. This Fourth of July we will have a low-key, simple celebration as a family and keep our budget in check. I came up with a plan to give our baby a wonderful celebration for her first July 4th without spending too much extra money.
Low Cost 4th of July Plan
Free Fireworks Show: The main event that my family and I plan to attend this July 4 is the fireworks show, of course. We live close to a large lake and the city has a big fireworks show over the lake every Fourth of July. If your city has cut their fireworks budget out, then check neighboring towns to see if there will be a free fireworks show near you this 4th of July.
Borrow 4th of July Entertainment: My baby loves for me to read to her and it’s never too soon to teach a baby some history. This weekend I am going to check out a few children’s books from the library that will be of interest to my baby and teach her a little Independence Day history. While I am there I will also check out the DVD selection and maybe rent a good Independence Day movie for free too.
Budget Friendly Food Menu: This 4th of July I will be making my famously simple Potato Salad that my husband loves so much. Along with that we will also be having grilled Bratwurst and Baked Beans.
Simple Potato Salad
5 medium sized Russet potatoes
1/2 cup mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
6 strips of bacon (or 1 cup pulled pork)
1/2 cup dill relish
1 Tbsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
salt to taste
Wash potatoes and boil until they are firm but easily cut with a knife and place them in an ice water bath. While potatoes boil, fry bacon and set aside to cool. Cube potatoes and crumble in bacon. Then mix together mayo, mustard, relish and add to potato salad. Sprinkle in pepper and onion powder and mix well (without smashing potatoes). Taste test and add salt if needed. I never really measure the ingredients (so you may want to adjust it to your own tastes) but my husband loves it this way. This tastes even better if left in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Patriotic Mobile Craft for Baby: If you’re feeling a little crafty and want your baby to enjoy the patriotic atmosphere then you can make this cute mobile to hang above their crib. All you need to make it is an embroidery hoop (or round plastic lid), red paint, white and blue cardstock, red ribbon, white or blue wooden beads, paint brush, scissors, and glue.
1. Paint the embroidery hoop (or lid) red.
2. Cut out as many white and blue stars as you want- two at a time because you will be glueing them together.
3. Cut ribbon in several different lengths.
4. Attach stars to the ribbon by gluing two matching stars together with the ribbon sandwiched between them.
5. Tie top of ribbon around hoop and tie four pieces of ribbon at equal distances around hoop and tie the ends together.
6. Thread beads on the ends of each ribbon and tie a knot.