Families celebrating the 4th of July holiday will continue to find stubbornly high prices at the grocery store. An Independence Day cookout will cost, on average, $71.22 for 10 guests this year, based on the 2024 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual marketbasket survey.

The grocery bill is up 5% nationwide from 2023, and almost 30% from just five years ago. A $7.12 per-person cost represents a record high since AFBF began the survey in 2013. The cookout favorites include cheeseburgers, chicken breasts, pork chops, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, among other products.

The marketbasket survey shows a year-to-year double-digit increase in the cost of beef and lemonade, while there are drops in the cost of chicken breasts and potato salad.

The retail price for 2 pounds of ground beef increased 11% to $12.77. Lemonade will cost $4.19, up 12% from 2023. Several factors influence these increases, which reflect the sort of challenges farmers face on a regular basis. Drought conditions in recent years forced ranchers to sell many of their cattle early last year, reducing the amount of beef available for the summer grilling season. Higher lemon prices can be attributed to citrus greening, which has spread to California after devastating Florida’s citrus industry.

The survey found two exceptions to the price increases. Chicken is down 4% from last year, at $7.83 for 2 pounds, and potato salad is also 4% less expensive than last year, at $3.32. Chicken supplies have stabilized, and potato crops have recovered from the previous year’s poor weather.

In the Northeast, Midwest, and South, the average ranges from $63.54 to $68.88 for 10 guests, but in the West, the average is $80.88.

The July 4th cookout survey is part of the Farm Bureau marketbasket series, which also includes the popular annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey of common food staples Americans use to prepare a holiday meal at home.

Volunteer shoppers across the country, including Farm Bureau members and others, collected data from stores in every state and Puerto Rico.

Individual Prices in Colorado, Compared to National Averages, per AFBF 2024 Summer Cookout Survey:

  • 2 pounds of ground beef, $12.98 (+2%)
  • 2 pounds of chicken breasts, $6.82 (-13%)
  • 3 pounds of pork chops, $17.22 (+11%)
  • 1 pound of cheese, $3.00 (-16%)
  • 1 package of hamburger buns, $2.52 (+4%)
  • 2 ½ pounds of homemade potato salad, $3.24 (-2%)
  • 32 ounces of pork and beans, $2.25 (-10%)
  • 16 ounces of potato chips, $5.37 (+9%)
  • 13-ounce package of chocolate chip cookies, $3.57 (-11%)
  • ½ gallon of ice cream, $5.99 (+6%)
  • 2 pints of strawberries, $4.6 (0%)
  • 2 ½ quarts of lemonade, $3.46 (-17%)