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Master Calendar 2000
June Holiday and Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

by Deane Brengle

Each month we take a look at what fundraising opportunities the holidays and other seasonal events present for the future month.

If your group has a fundraising activity that is centered on a holiday or season
please tell us about it at

July 4th - Independence Day

Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States.

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies in 1776. This important American national holiday is traditionally observed with parades, band concerts, picnics, and fireworks.

For those of you choosing to hold an event tied to Independence Day there are a lot of benefits:

  • Independence Day isn't trademarked so you can use the name without danger of being sued or paying a royalty.
  • It has national recognition by all groups of people
  • The press (newspaper, radio and television) covers the event in some form every year.

Types of events suitable for Independence Day

  • Flag Sales

    Raise awareness and funds for your group with a flag selling fundraiser. This year Independence Day is on a Tuesday, so use the preceding weekends to hold your fundraiser. Resources for buying flags can be found below.

  • Run/Walk Events and Golf Tournaments

    Almost everybody has the day off, so it's a good time to hold a sports type event. Don't limit yourself to a running event or a golf tournament. Other good sports events are:

    • Softball tournament
    • Mud football game
    • Tennis tournament
    • Fun run/walk
    • Bike race

  • Complementary Events

    Most nonprofits aren't big enough to tackle a huge July 4th parade or fireworks event. But they are big enough to host a complementary event to the main event.

    These events are do-able for most groups and can be a good source of funds-

    • Classic car show
    • Cake walk
    • Community Raffle
    • Magic Show
    • Craft Show
    • Concert
    • Dance
      • Battle of the DJ's
      • Teen Dance
      • Square Dance
      • Street Dance
      • Oldies Dance
    • Food Sales
      • Bar-Bar-B-Que
      • Chicken
      • Kabobs
      • Ribs
      • Hot Dogs
      • Elephant Ears
      • Sub sandwiches
      • Pop corn/caramel corn/peanuts
    • Beverage Sales
      • Lemonade
      • Soda Pop
      • Frozen Soda Pop
      • Popsicles
      • Sno-Cones
    • Craft Show
    • Souvenirs
    • Bake Sale
    • Face Painting
    • Horse drawn carriage/buggy rides
    • Carnival

  • Support Staff

    Maybe you don't want the hassle of holding an event to raise funds. Consider offering the services of your membership as support staff for another nonprofit or for profit holding an event or selling products at an event. Many nonprofit groups and for profit companies are desperately seeking help and are willing to pay for it. Find out who is hosting your Fourth of July events in your town and call and see if they are looking for a few good people to help out (for pay of course). Start with your local Chamber of Commerce and go from there.

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