Are you ready for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend? I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends, grilling in the backyard, and watching the beautiful fireworks displays. After a few years of non-traditional celebrations because of the pandemic, it’s nice to feel somewhat “normal” again! 

Although many people feel safer getting together now, Wallethub found that 57% of Americans say inflation is affecting their holiday travel plans.  

Fourth of July Food

For a lot of people, the Fourth of July weekend is all about food! Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a picnic in the park or a large gathering with family or friends, food is sure to be on the menu.  

According to research from Wallethub, beef, chicken, pork, berries, lettuce & salad are at the top of the grocery list for many of us. Here are a few fun facts about food on the Fourth: 

  • Americans plan to spend $7.7 billion on food for the 4th of July 
  • 750 million pounds of chicken are bought in the week leading up to the holiday 
  • 150 million hot dogs are consumed 
  • 59% of Americans plan to attend a picnic 
     

Festive Fourth of July Fireworks

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks! Did you know more than 16,000 fireworks displays take place each year in the United States? Wallethub estimates that Americans spent more than $2.4 billion dollars on fireworks in 2021.  

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular here in New York state is a popular fireworks display, and more than 3 million people watch it from along the Hudson River. If you don’t live here, you can still watch it–another 4.4 billion people tune in on television!  

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Will you travel or stay close to home? Let me know in the comment section!  


Summer Scanning Refresher 

As you plan your July 4th activities, don’t forget to scan the products you buy! We’re so busy this time of year, it’s easy to overlook last-minute purchases, especially if they’re things you don’t regularly buy. 

Don’t forget purchases you make on the way to a picnic or barbecue. If you stop at the convenience store, grocery store or somewhere else, be sure to scan your snacks and beverages, including beer and liquor. If you’re traveling for the weekend, make sure to scan any travel-size items you buy to take along. 

Holiday purchases might include: 

  • Charcoal & lighter fluid 
  • Grilling utensils 
  • Paper & plastic products 
  • Condiments like mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce 
  • Marinades and spices 
  • Insect repellant & sunscreen 

PSC Info for the holiday weekend 

The Panel Support Center will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.  

Enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe! 

Best regards, 

Taylor