Planning a July 4 crab feast? Here’s how much you’ll shell out

At D.C.'s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
At D.C.’s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The price for a bushel ranged from $95 to $285 Thursday at Jessie Taylor Seafood. (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Both steamed and live crabs are available at Jessie Taylor Seafood in D.C. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Both steamed and live crabs are available at Jessie Taylor Seafood in D.C.

As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

At D.C.'s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
At D.C.’s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

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At D.C.'s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Both steamed and live crabs are available at Jessie Taylor Seafood in D.C. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
At D.C.'s Jessie Taylor Seafood, crab prices Thursday ranged from $95 to $285 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
As Independence Day approaches, prices at Jessie Taylor Seafood could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

WASHINGTON — Many in our region celebrate the Fourth of July not just with fireworks, but with newspaper, a mallet and steamed blue crabs.

Stan Kiser, crab manager of Jessie Taylor Seafood at D.C.’s Maine Avenue Fish Market, said the holiday is one of their biggest in terms of crab sales.

“For some people, it might be the only day of the year that they actually eat crabs,” he told WTOP.

At Jessie Taylor Seafood’s barge on Thursday, crab prices ranged between $95 and $285 a bushel.

As Independence Day gets closer, Kiser said, demand will go up, lines will grow and prices could rise to about $125–$300 a bushel.

Buyers should shop early if possible, he said.

“The earlier the better, as far as price and selection. If they catch plenty, you might have no problem at all. [Prices] might stay the same. We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Kiser said he likes the looks of crabs that fishermen are bringing in.

“Especially the males — they’re very heavy, so they’re probably very close to going through another shed. Usually they are light around the holiday, [but] I think they’re going to catch it just right this time,” he said.

Though Kiser deals with crabs all day, he doesn’t shy away when it’s time to eat.

“I love crabs, I love seafood. I think I could eat seafood every day of my life. One thing about sitting back eating crabs, you’re not thinking about your problems, you know what I mean? All you’re just thinking about is eating crabs.”


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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.


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