The United States of America is turning 237 years old on Thursday, and we the people will be throwing a big birthday party in its honor.
Regardless of our political beliefs, hardships or downright frustration with the state of the union, most of us will agree that the birth of our nation is something worth celebrating.
So round up your friends and family, lay out your best jean shorts and get ready for a day of sunshine, rock ’n’ roll and the greatest American tradition of all: the cookout.
Here’s a rundown of all the groceries you’ll need for the party, with only the best prices, of course.
Nothing says American pride like the art of grilling meat. And this week, grocery stores are running specials on everything you’d ever want to throw on a grill.
Piggly Wiggly had some of the most impressive deals of all the meat selections at local supermarkets. Boneless chicken breast and pork spare ribs are $1.79 per pound, and a rack of St. Louis Style ribs is $10.
For hamburgers, get the best deal on ground chuck at Piggly Wiggly or Food Lion for $2.99 per pound.
Hot dogs were on sale at most stores. Oscar Mayer dogs are buy one, get one free at Bi-Lo and Piggly Wiggly; Nathan’s hot dogs are BOGO at Food Lion; and Ball Park Franks are BOGO at Publix. Piggly Wiggly’s brand of hamburger and hot dog buns are 97 cents a pack.
As every American knows, potato chips and French fries are the yin to the hamburger’s yang. Find Lay’s potato chips for BOGO at Publix, Harris Teeter and Piggly Wiggly.
Cape Cod chips are usually one of the most expensive brands of chips, but this week, they’re on sale at Food Lion for buy one, get one free. Ore-Ida frozen potatoes and French fries are BOGO at Publix.
You may want to throw in some fresh summer vegetables to add a little variety to the Independence Day cuisine.
Yellow and zucchini squash is 99 cents per pound at Piggly Wiggly and asparagus is $3.79 per pound at Harris Teeter.
Fresh Express salad mix is on sale for buy one, get one free at Publix and Harris Teeter. You also can get a bag of free coleslaw when you buy Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing at Publix.
At the Vegetable Bin, you can find local produce for lower prices than at most supermarkets.
This week, green peanuts from Lexington are 1.99 per pound, which are great for boiling and taking out on the water. The store also has Johns Island watermelons for $4.99 each and Johns Island tomatoes for 99 cents a pound.
If you’re making a 4th of July-themed shortcake for your family’s celebration, you can find the best deal on blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with a two for $5 deal at Piggly Wiggly and Publix.
If you’re not feeling so creative, the bakery sections have you covered. Piggly Wiggly’s apple pie is $3.49 and the store’s brand of ice cream is $1.99 for a half gallon.
At Publix, holiday-themed cupcakes, apple pies and lemon meringue pies are $3.99.
Fill your cooler with your favorite drinks and the cookout checklist is complete. Find the best deals on Pepsi products at Piggly Wiggly, with 18 packs of cans for $4.99 or get five six-packs of bottles for $10. When you buy two 12-packs of Coca-Cola products at Publix, you get two for free.
Sweet tea from the deli at Publix is also buy one, get one free.
As for beer, domestics are the cheapest at Harris Teeter with 24-packs of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors, Miller and Yuengling on sale for $13.99. If you prefer the hoppy taste, go for Sierra Nevada, on sale for $12.99 per 12-pack at Publix.
Reach Abigail Darlington at charlestonsavvyshopper@postand courier.com.