State health officials are encouraging people to follow some safety tips to reduce the chance of spoiling the holiday weekend by contracting a foodborne illness.
Keeping foods cold by using a cooler, avoiding cross-contamination and cooking foods to the proper temperature are some of the big highlights.
Darrah Dunlap is a food safety expert with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Also, make sure all leftovers are kept in the freezer, fridge, or on ice within two hours after cooking, or one hour if it is above 90 degrees outside.
More food safety tips and information about foodborne illnesses and symptoms can be found on the CDC Food Safety website.