Last-Minute Rush for July 4th Cook-Outs

The Fourth of July not only brings fireworks, it also means cook-outs galore!

Lily Myers stocks up on the essentials. "Soda, water, all the picnic, BBQ, all the things I'll need for today," Myers said, checking off her list.

She's not alone in the last-minute rush at the grocery store.

"We're cooking out hamburgers today," said Pam Clouse, whose family made a trip to Beech Bend for the holiday.

"Soda, yogurt, hot dogs," Rose Davis surveyed her grocery cart.

A lot of shoppers wait until the Fourth to make their final purchases.

"There's certainly an increase in business the day of the holiday and the day before," said Daniel Gettings, manager of the Kroger on the 31-W Bypass.

Grocery stores could barely keep items on the shelves this Fourth of July.

"I usually like to stay ahead of the game and get last minute things I need, sometimes I get it all beforehand, it depends on how busy I am during the week and if I have enough time," said Myers.

And while most people would prefer not to procrastinate, sometimes you have to get ready for last-minute guests, which means a few more hamburgers.

"My sister decided to come up today too with her family so probably quite a bit, at least a couple of those big ones," said Clouse, motioning toward the grocery freezer.

Having the grill stocked ahead of time may be ideal.

"I'd rather have it done but this was a last-minute thing," laughed Clouse.

But you can still beat the rush if you try.

"I thought I'd get out early before it gets crowded," Davis said.

Gettings said it depends on what day of the week the Fourth of July falls on as to how many last-minute shoppers they have.

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