(Ouch) Cost of 2022 July 4th Cookout vs. 2021

Americans are going to pay more this year on their Independence Day barbecues, one year after the White House tweeted celebrating a 16-cent discount.

The White House was heckled last Fourth of July after it celebrated a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation telling the American people that the average cost of a summer cookout was “stable” at $59.50 for 10 people, which was down 16 cents (less than 1%) from 2020, but 8% higher than in 2019.

“Planning a cookout this year? Ketchup on the news,” the White House tweeted July 1, 2021. “According to the Farm Bureau, the cost of a 4th of July BBQ is down from last year. It’s a fact you must-hear(d). Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working. And that’s something we can all relish.”

This year, the White House is not bragging about the16 cent savings. According to the Farm Bureau’s new report.  Instead we are paying 17% more, compared to last year.

“Despite higher food prices, the supply chain disruptions and inflation have made farm supplies more expensive; like consumers, farmers are price-takers not price-makers,” AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan said in a press release. “Bottom line, in many cases the higher prices farmers are being paid aren’t covering the increase in their farm expenses. The cost of fuel is up and fertilizer prices have tripled.”

Americans are getting fed up with rising prices that have eaten away at their earnings as inflation has outpaced wage gains for months, sparking recession concerns as households brace for even faster price increases.

I hope one day more American people will wake up and help put a stop to this nonsense before it’s too late. Have a happy 4th!