Fourth of July cookout shoppers prepare for celebration

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – July 4th is just hours away, and for most, it’s time to throw some burgers and dogs on the grill!

Most of the customers 41NBC talked with today were excited.

For them, the mix of fun, food and some patriotism is an annual tradition.

If you’re cooking out for the 4th of July–

"Happy fourth of July…Happy fourth of July, yeah," said Carl and Jennifer Findley.

You’ll need the basics:

"We got some plums," said Jennifer Findley.

Food of course!

"(and) some red peppers," said Jennifer Findley.

Paper products to sip a drink–

"I need some more cups," said Griffis.

And something to limit the mess.

"Oh and I’ll get napkins too, those will be nice," said Griffis.

The day before the fourth brings shoppers to Ocmulgee Traders in downtown Macon to pick up some good eats.

"We’ve got a big grill set out on our back porch and my wife is going to make a great potato salad with some potatoes we found here at Ocmulgee Traders," said Carl Findley.

"(We’re having) steaks that we got here at Ocmulgee Traders they’ve got great produce that we’ll be grilling and cooking and maybe a salad or two, and of course lots of desserts," said Griffis.

Carl and Jennifer Findley aren’t having the traditional cookout.

"Actually, we usually have a little more of a grill out but we’re keeping it low-key–just the two of us," said Jennifer Findley.

Griffis is shopping for her family.

"I’m cooking out–gonna do a lot of fun stuff," said Griffis. "Trying to find something different."

But while enjoying the food and the fun, these shoppers aren’t forgetting the reason we’re celebrating freedom.

"My grandfather was a P.O.W. that was captured on July 4th, so we always remember him and the sacrifices he made and we also like to reflect on everyone that’s still out there serving our country," said Griffis.

"I think that it’s important just because we are here and it’s also important to support Americans and the local economy," said Jennifer Findley. "It’s special to us and one of things that we enjoy about being here is actually to be a part of this community."

Ocmulgee traders’ owners Laura and Steve Bell said they were all out of hamburger and hot dog buns.

Looks like folks in Middle Georgia are excited and prepared to celebrate the USA’s independence.