Stores hope weather won’t dampen fun

With rain in the forecast for the bulk of Independence Day weekend and the price of meat at an “all-time high,” many vendors are at a loss for what to expect in sales for the summertime holiday. 

“It’s a very big unknown,” said Shane Murray, meat and seafood manager at Clements’ Marketplace in Portsmouth. “I don’t really know what to expect. I plan for it to be busy, regardless.”

Barbecues and grilling are typical hallmarks for Fourth of July parties, but showers can put a damper on outdoor cooking plans, so butchers like Murray usually take weather into account when ordering stock.

Some of the meat offers are on display at Tom's Market in Tiverton in 2019.

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Murray said he faced a similar situation with this year’s rainy Memorial Day weekend, another holiday when a outdoor cooking takes place. However, Murray said the weather might have less of an effect on sales than it usually would, since people are so eager to throw celebrations now that pandemic restrictions have been mostly lifted.