In most of these weekly segments I try to give some advice and/or insight on financial matters. However, it is the 4th of July holiday weekend and I fully admit that I have a few financial tips, but haven’t fully written them out. Instead, my financial tip this Fourth of July is to have some fun. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays. The food, fireworks, baseball (one of the few days that I truly enjoy it), parades, flag-waving, and patriotism. It is just a lot of fun.
You can still have a lot of fun on July 4th without breaking the bank:
1) Your community’s July 4th parade. Typically, that parade is free. Where I live we have the oldest continuous July 4th parade in the country.
2) Re-enactments of plays, readings of the Declaration of Independence, and other July 4th activities. One of the advantages of living in New England is that we have a ton of history, particularly near Boston. On July 4th, Mrs. ROB and I plan on seeing some of those activities. My favorite will be when we sit down for two hours to watch the Jefferson-Adams Stage play at Adams National Historic Park.
3) Town fireworks. I love watching the fireworks that local communities display. Again, we are lucky in that we have some of the most iconic fireworks celebrations in the country. A couple of years ago, Mrs. ROB and I watched the Boston Pops and the fireworks display. This year we are going to do something similar, but will actually go down and watch the Rhode Island Philharmonic perform along with a large fireworks display.
4) Picnics, boat rides, cookouts, and other time with family. Yes, you will spend a little money when you do these things, but it is July 4th weekend. I am not saying go out and buy hundreds of dollars of food, soda, beer, and the like. However, spending a few bucks to enjoy yourself on this festive holiday, in my opinion, won’t break the bank. Again, I am not saying go wild, but getting some steaks to put on the grill isn’t going to kill you financially or it shouldn’t.
5) Go to a 4th of July film. Every since I saw the movie Independence Day almost 20 years ago I try to go to a movie on the 4th of July weekend. I don’t know why, but I find it kind of fun and it is cheap entertainment. I even sat through the latest Transformers movie and didn’t leave.
6) Go to a minor-league baseball game. Most places around the country have semi-pro or minor league baseball teams (if you live near some larger metropolitan area). Near our house we have the Cape Cod League where amateur college players play to improve their skills, continue their training, or get looked at by scouts. We also have semi-pro baseball leagues where teams compete just for fun. The baseball is pretty good, the food and beer is cheap, and the atmosphere is wonderful. FInally, if you are lucky enough to have a minor league professional baseball team near you go to a game. Again, the tickets are inexpensive, you watch future big leaguers, and it is just a lot of fun. That is what Mrs. ROB and I will be doing tonight.
It is the July 4th weekend. Have some fun. There are plenty of activities that will cost little to no money and that are a lot more enjoyable. The activities are what we remember, not how much money we spent on them. Hope you have a Happy Fourth of July. GO AMERICA!