Monday, July 4, 2011

A Low Cost 4th of July

Celebrating America's birthday does not need to break the bank. Here are some ideas on having fun without going broke, packing on the pounds, or harming the earth:
  • read the declaration of independence (inspired by our neighborhood association, Hillfarms, which will be doing this at the neighborhood park);
  • swim or splash in the water at a FREE town/city/county beach;
  • fire up the grill and roast veggies (diced, dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper) wrapped in tin-foil. Goes well with grilled meat or fake meat entrees;
  • enjoy angel food cake with blueberries and strawberries;
  • light sparklers in your back or front yard; and
  • enjoy the fireflies as the dance at dusk.
May you all have a wonderful 4th of July. If you have any other frugal holiday ideas for the 4th, please share.

1 comment:

  1. Ack on the sparklers! We've banned them since Thomas stepped on the ash of one last year (he had only one shoe on for some reason, we always made the kids wear shoes when doing sparklers, but missed that one naked foot) and burned a hole in his foot - which then got infected.

    I googled sparklers and was shocked to find out how hot they get. Here's a link for you: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Health/story?id=898855

    We used to get only sparklers because we thought they were low-key. Now we get a few tanks and low-range fountains, because the kids are content to sit far back and let adults do the lighting. And they still have to wear shoes!

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