Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy a good old-fashioned barbeuce with your family and friends. But what should you serve? Here are a few traditional 4th of July Foods and menu ideas to get you started.
Check out the full list of 4th of July Foods for more desserts, appetizers and meal ideas and grab your FREE printable menu as well.
When planning a menu for the 4th of July, it's important to choose dishes that will please a crowd. American classics like burgers and hot dogs are always popular.
For sides, potato salad and coleslaw go with any main dish you're serving. Remember to keep your guests' appetites in mind when planning your menu.
Looking for more Patriotic and Summer Grill Recipes? Try my 4th of July Appetizers, July 4th Side Dishes or my Red Velvet 4th of July Cake.
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If you're hosting a 4th of July party, you'll want to serve some festive appetizers that will get your guests in the patriotic spirit.
A classic 4th of July appetizer is deviled eggs. You can make them even more festive by decorating with mini flags.
If you've more interested in dips, check out my collection of 4th of July Dip Recipes.
When planning your menu, be sure to include a variety of non-alcoholic beverages to keep your guests refreshed and hydrated. A refreshing pitcher of Homemade Peach Iced Tea and Strawberry Lemonade Punch is always a welcome sight on a hot summer day.
For something a little bit different, try making a fruit punch with fresh berries and oranges. It’s always a great idea to have cold bottled water or sparkling water on hand, too.
There are many delicious side dishes that can add to the holiday spirit. One option is a patriotic pasta salad, which can be made with red, white, and blue noodles.
Another 4th of July favorite is a classic barbecue, which can be served with a variety of side dishes such as baked beans, corn on the cob, and potato salad. For those who prefer something sweet, watermelon is always a popular choice.
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4th of July is the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious barbecue. If you're looking for some 4th of July food ideas, look no further than these mouth-watering main dishes.
Try grilling hamburgers or hot dogs. For something a little more unique, try BBQ chicken or ribs. And for the vegetarians in your group, grilled vegetables are always a hit.
Red, White and Blue Desserts
And of course, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without some patriotic desserts. Red, white, and blueberry pies are always a hit, or you could try making some star-shaped cookies or cupcakes.
My family loves these No Bake Cheesecake Pudding Parfaits. If you prefer a parfait that has cake in it, try my recipe for Berry Trifle Recipe with Angle Food Cake.
You can't really go wrong with preparing a Flag Fruit Pizza!
Patriotic Table Setting
Have fun planning your menu and getting creative with the Independence Day theme! You can take it further by showing off all your delicious food with red and blue plates, cups and napkins.
Decorate your tables with patriotic tablecloths and centerpieces like this inexpensive Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece I put together a few years ago.
Don’t forget the sparklers to end the day on a festive note and to celebrate the occasion!
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Traditional 4th of July Foods
Traditional 4th of July Foods -Plan your menu with these delicious, colorful patriotic foods featured today! FREE Printable Menu included.
Flag Fruit Pizza with Sugar Cookie Crust, Strawberries and Blueberries
Start out with a refrigerator sugar cookie crust and make this cute flag pizza with fruit.
No Bake Cheesecake Pudding Parfaits
You can use sugar free or regular pudding mix for this recipe.
Easy Classic Deviled Eggs
My family's favorite summer side dish!
Creamy Pasta Salad
This is my sister's recipe and it's delicious!
Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water
Not only will it keep your guests hydrated, it’s visually stunning to look at.
No-Bake Berry Trifle, Strawberry Blueberry Trifle, 4th of July
Here’s the place to get creative with 4th of July themed food. Strawberries and blueberries are in season and are perfect for creating red, white, and blue desserts.
Red, White & Blue Popsicles
Red, White and Blue Cupcakes
Tidy Mom shows you how to make these spirited cupcakes.
BBQ Chicken on the Grill
If you love BBQ chicken, these are grilled to perfection!
Grilled Balsamic Beef Kabobs
You can get fancy and do skewered meats with veggies too.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Add fruit to chicken kabobs for a different flavor.
Grilled Corn On The Cob With Herb Butter
If you’re grilling, throw on some corn on the cob and serve with herb butter.
Antipasto Pasta Salad
You can make ahead and refrigerate overnight this antipasto pasto salad.
The Best Baked Beans Recipe
It's not a summer backyard celebration without baked beans.
Patriotic Firecracker Fruit Kabobs Recipe
These fruit kabobs are kid friendly!
Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa
Pretty and festive red, white and blue fruit salsa.
This recipe collection has been updated since it first appeared in 2019 with new photos and information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
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