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Your Fourth of July festivities will cost more this year

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High beef prices are pushing up the cost of summer barbecues. (Source: CNN) High beef prices are pushing up the cost of summer barbecues. (Source: CNN)

 (CNN) - From the grocery store to the gas pumps, Americans will spend more to celebrate the Independence Day holiday this year.

A survey of cookout costs by the American Farm Bureau Federation finds the overall cost of a party for 10 up about 5 percent over last year, to $58.72.

What's boosting that cost? Mostly meat prices, the group says, with an historically low cattle herd nationwide pushing things like hamburgers higher, and a drop in the number of hog farmers, pushing up the price of pork.

In addition to 13 percent increases for both the cost of 2 pounds of ground round hamburger meat, and 4 pounds of spare ribs in the Farm Bureau tally, dairy products also climbed 14 percent for a pound of cheese, and almost 8 percent for chocolate milk.

Also higher ahead of the holiday are gas prices. According to AAA, drivers will pay the highest Fourth of July prices at the pump since 2008 and an average of 20 cents more per gallon than last year. That's largely due to market fears over the violence in Iraq.

Still, Americans seem ready to celebrate. In a survey by the National Retail Federation, more than 70 percent of consumers said higher gas prices won't impact their holiday spending on cookouts, barbecues and more.

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