WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 – The average price for a traditional July 4th picnic this year costs less than $6 per person, according to an informal survey released Monday by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

A picnic including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade, and chocolate milk “is affordable this summer,” AFBF said, noting the average cost for a picnic for 10 is $57.20 or $5.72 per person.

“Although retail food prices have increased modestly over the past year or so, most Americans should be able to find summer picnic foods at close to the average prices found by our volunteer shoppers,” said John Anderson, AFBF deputy chief economist.

“For many of us, nothing says the Fourth of July more than firing up the grill to prepare a meal,” Anderson said. “We’re fortunate here in America to have a consistent, high-quality supply of meats and poultry that can be grilled or prepared any number of different ways.”

AFBF’s summer picnic menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.

AFBF said 60 volunteer shoppers in 22 states checked retail prices for summer picnic foods for the survey.

The July fourth picnic survey is part of the organization’s marketbasket series, which also includes an annual Thanksgiving dinner cost survey and two “everyday” marketbasket surveys on common food staples that can be used to prepare a meal.


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