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Inflation Hits July 4 Cookouts With Food Prices Up as Much as 36%

Led by beef, grocery costs for an Independence Day party rose the most since the Farm Bureau began tracking data a decade ago.

Americans will be in for some sticker shock when they shop for Independence Day celebrations.

Americans will be in for some sticker shock when they shop for Independence Day celebrations.

Photographer: Anze Buh/EyeEm/Getty Images

Add Fourth of July cookouts to the list of what Americans will pay more for this year — a lot more.

Ground beef prices are up 36% from a year ago, while chicken breasts gained by a third, according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Overall, revelers can expect to spend 17% more on food for a barbecue, marking the biggest increase since the lobbying organization began tracking data a decade ago.