(AREA) -- An informal survey recently conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation found a traditional Independence Day picnic menu costs less than $6 per person, making it one of the most affordable holiday meals on the calendar. The average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $57.20-just $5.72 per person.
Sixty volunteer shoppers in 22 states checked retail prices for these summer picnic staples: hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, ketchup and mustard, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, chocolate milk and lemonade.
The American Farm Bureau Federation's July Fourth Picnic Survey is part of the organization's marketbasket series, which also includes an annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey.
Here are the average retail prices shoppers found:
Ground round (2 pounds) - $7.86
Hamburger buns - $1.67
Hot dogs (1 pound) - $2.29
Hot dog buns - $1.64
American cheese slices (1-pound) - $2.73
Pork spare ribs (4 pounds) - $12.29
Potato salad (3 pounds) - $8.77
Baked beans (28 ounces) - $1.99
Corn chips (15 ounces) - $3.37
Lemonade (2 quarts) - $2.07
Chocolate milk (2 quarts) - $2.62
Watermelon (4 pounds) - $5.71
Ketchup (20 ounces) - $2.64
Mustard (16 ounces) - $1.55