With the 4th of July being in the middle of the week this year, (one week from tomorrow) most people will have to work on Monday and Tuesday, and then go back to work for Thursday and Friday. Unless you want to burn some vacation time. I would suggest you take Thursday and Friday off and make it a five day weekend. That sounds awesome. That way, you can really enjoy yourself on the 4th.

Last year, I blogged about the cost of a July 4th Bar-B-Que. According to FB.org, last year you could have hosted a party for as little as $5.60 per person. This year, they are saying it should cost you even less. The Farm Bureau is saying you can pull off a great cookout for $5.51 a person. To me, that sounds kind of low but they say for that price you can buy; hot dogs and cheeseburgers with buns, pork ribs, potato salad, baked beans, chips, chocolate milk and lemonade, watermelon, and condiments. So a party for ten people, it should cost you $55.07

If you wanted beer, and you need beer to have a "great" cookout, in my opinion, that's going to drive the price up by at least 20 bucks for a 30 pack. The price quote above is based on eight dogs and burgers. I think you would need more than eight of each.

Just about every year, Chris and I go to our friend house. They live near Highland Park. So we usually go up there for a cookout and then stay to watch the fireworks from the park. With the holiday falling on a Wednesday, I'm not even sure if they are having the party this year. It's a great time, but it's always better when you don't have to work the next day.

[via The Farm Bureau]