But local restaurants are getting a piece of the pie at the cash register from hungry customers.
It looks like a madhouse in West Monroe at BBQ West. The line reaches the door, all in anticipation to reach a tasty spread of smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage this Independence Day.
July 4 is the biggest day for barbecue restaurants, and cooks are ready to serve up a storm of smoked meat, potato salad and baked beans.
Business owners say the kitchen staff will be hard at work, as long as customers keep on coming for a hot plate.
“Oh this is July 4. It’s like Christmas for us,” said Robert Lewis, who owns BBQ West. “It’s our busiest day of the year. We take in about $13,000 to $17,000.”