Happy 4th of July weekend!
We keep it safe (and cheap) by doing it up this way:
~We set up camp in the back yard - we have a fire ring, so the weekend is spent "camping" in tents and eating over the fire!
~we volunteer with different groups to place flags in the yards of our neighbors - and get free flag t-shirts for doing so! This is a great family activity, as we explain to the kids the history of independence day and the importance of the flag, etc as we walk and "plant" flags.
~we have a family picnic. Bring a dish to pass.....this is always a hit with the kids, as they get to spend the evening playing with cousins, trying new food, swimming and riding "gators" and "wheelers."
~we attend our city's fireworks - no out-of-pocket expense!
~we also like to wait until the "day of" or "day or so after" to buy any labeled 4th of July apparel or merchandise - usually at a deeply discounted price! - and then save it for the next year's celebration - makes for some cheap centerpieces, arts and crafts, pictures w/matching shirts, etc!
What do YOU do on the fourth?