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How to Celebrate Memorial Day on a Budget

How to Celebrate Memorial Day on a Budget

Celebrating Memorial Day can cost a pretty penny, but there’s no need to spend wildly to have an epic holiday weekend. Here’s how to celebrate Memorial Day on a budget.


1. Hit the beach


Get out to the shore at the first opportunity! The beach can provide hours of relaxation and fun for the family at little or no cost. Stock up on some inexpensive patriotic-patterned towels to make the day a little more festive.


2. Host a potluck


If you’ll be hosting this Memorial Day, make it a potluck. Ask each guest to bring one dish for a complete dinner that doesn’t cost anyone a lot of money. As a bonus, the menu is a lot more fun when it’s varied and prepared by many different cooks.


3. Go easy on the decor


No need to blow a ton of money on making your Memorial Day celebration look festive. Spruce up the place with some red, white and blue balloons from the dollar store, and add some banners like these for a complete patriotic look.


4. Make a signature drink


Instead of setting up a full bar, make one signature drink for the night. You can find some great drink recipes here.


5. Look for coupons


Don’t go anywhere without first checking if you must pay full price. Pick up some great discounts on restaurant meals, entertainment venues and more on web sites like


6. Host a DIY sports event


For a fun and frugal alternative to the traditional Memorial Day BBQ, invite family and friends over to your place, or meet up at a park, for a day of sports and games. You can play flag football, soccer, have a tug-of-war competition or even drum up a full game of baseball.


7. Visit historical sites


What better way to spend Memorial Day than checking out historical attractions? Many historical sites host free events in honor of the three-day holiday.


8. Rent a boat


Enjoy a day out on the water at little cost by renting a boat from a nearby boat rental service or a private owner. Bring along some snacks and drinks and good music for a fantastic day of water fun.


Use these tips to enjoy a memorable holiday weekend on a budget!

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