The short answer to what it will cost for your Independence Day outdoor celebration is, more!

The invitations have been sent out, you've hidden away a massive stockpile of fireworks, and the honey-do-list still has a few things to check off but for the most part, everything is ready to go for the 4th of July cookout. Oh, wait. The food!!

Those of you who entertain know an outdoor party needs all the fixins including plenty to eat, from the charred-crispy hot dogs for the kids to Grandma's prize potato salad.

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If the 4th of July party is more than your immediate families like your coworkers, or several neighborhood friends, you may want to share the cost of the food.

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Compared to 2021, you can add around 17% more this 4th of July, according to the American Farm Bureau. Scan the prices below.

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Want to cut back on a few things? While you're visioning one of everything on your plate ask yourself, "Does that hot dog really need a bun?"

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You could save money when buying your hamburger in bulk. Ask your guests to provide their beverages. Prepare your fruit and veggie trays instead of ordering through the deli. And, lemonade and ice tea are cheaper than can soda or beer.

I know, there are limits!

Stay safe and enjoy this 4th of July.

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If you were born last know, in the nineteen hundreds (ugh) may have spent a summer evening in the car watching movies. I don't mean on your phone, I mean at the drive-in movie theater!

If you were in Sioux Falls in the 1970s and '80's you may remember seeing Jaws and Indiana Jones at The East Park or the Starlite Drive-In. Both drive-ins opened just after World War 2. The East Park didn't make it out of the '70s, closing in 1978. The Starlite survived long enough to see the birth of home video, closing in 1985.

Drive-in movies had a bit of a resurgence during the pandemic. They were a way to go out and do something social without getting out of your car.

If you tried one during that time, or you remember the fun of a warm summer evening watching movies on that giant screen there are still places in South Dakota and around Sioux Falls you can do it.

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