Everything You Need For A Delicious 4th Of July On A Budget

By | Monday, June 29, 2015


Fourth of July holiday celebrations are nearly here! There are four days to go until you’re sipping red, white, and blue-colored cocktails and munching away on savory hot dogs and crisp slices of watermelon. To me, the Fourth of July signals the real foray into the summer season, and provides the rare opportunity to see some truly great fireworks in my town. It’s usually a day spent walking around outside as much as possible and enjoying the beautiful weather on picnic blankets.

In college, I was so broke that my friends and I spent three consecutive Fourth of July holidays out in the woods camping. It was an extremely budget-friendly event, but nontheless, quite fun. We ate tuna and corn out of cans (yikes) and packed ingredients for the most creative “trail cocktails” you can imagine. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to make the celebration feel more sophisticated (not difficult to do after camping I suppose) and incorporate real food and real cocktails into my menu.

For me, any holiday is an excuse to whip up themed cocktails and festive food. Below, I’ve created a compilation of delicious recipes, snacks, drinks, and main dishes to make your holiday soirée one that is insanely delicious, but not crazy expensive. Buddy up with someone to host with, assign recipes to people who enjoy cooking, and make it a group activity. Save money by preparing drinks and food at home, and head out in the evening to check out fireworks near where you live. Check it out!


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Spicy Mixed Nuts

Homemade Pita Chips

Simple White Bean Hummus

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Easy Flatbread With Proscuitto And Fontina

Thai Deviled Eggs

Figs In Proscuitto With Gorgonzola And Brie



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Lynchburg Lemonade

Cajun Lemonade

Watermelon Sugar Margarita

Red, White, & Blue Cocktails


El Diablo Tequila

Frozen Negroni

Grilled Summer Smash



pasta side

Tuna Pasta Salad With Grilled Vegetables

How To Upgrade Your Pasta Salad

Mexican Grilled Corn

Cool And Crunchy Melon-Cucumber Salad

Carrot & Apple Slaw

Green Bean, Grape, And Pasta Toss

Creamy Corn Pudding

Bacon And Egg Pasta Salad

Garlicky Kale Salad With Crispy Chick Peas

Refreshing Antipasto Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad With Salami, Carrots, Peas, and Roasted Peppers



burgerBacon, Onion, And Cheese Stuffed Burger

Beer Can Grilled Chicken


Chicken Drumsticks With Tomato Jam

Grilled Pizza With Hot Sausage, Onion, And Peppers

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Garlic Baked Potato Wedges


Stuffed Peppers

Grilled Vegetable And Tofu Skewers With Sriracha

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Green Chili Veggie Burgers 



strawberry cheesecake

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Nectarine-Buttermilk Popsicles

Easy Blueberry Tart (suuuuper simple!)

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Creamy Peach Tart

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

Grilled Lemon Pound Cake With Peaches And Cream

Make your Fourth Of July super special with any combination of the treats, food, and drinks above. Go heavy on the vegetables so that you don’t spend too much on meat and cheeses, and enlist eager party-going friends to bring extra food and wine if they are willing! Don’t forget the sunscreen, and spend as much time as you can outside soaking in the goodness of the great outdoors.

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