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4th of July Food

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Summer has arrived!! Are you ready? Do you have any big plans? How about some fun summer parties? If you are looking for delicious inspiration for your patriotic parties this summer, you will find it right here in these 4th of July Food ideas!

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Celebrate Independence Day with the best 4th of July backyard party ideas! From delicious grilling recipes to patriotic desserts, you are sure to have a festive event to remember.

Use these 4th of July food ideas to spark your patriotic spirit and plan an unforgettable Independence Day celebration filled with tasty food, patriotic decorations, and fun activities for family and friends.

4th of July Appetizers

Offer a variety of dips like guacamole, salsa, hummus, or spinach dip alongside tortilla chips, pita chips, or veggie sticks for dipping.

Bacon Cheddar Dip
This Bacon Cheddar Dip is the most addictive and easy party appetizer recipe that you can make – and it will disappear every time you take it!
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Bacon cheddar dip in a bowl surrounded by chips.
Layered Greek Dip
A light and refreshing appetizer recipe bursting with Greek flavors! A hummus base topped with cucumber, tomato, olives, red onion, and Feta.
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Diced cucumber, tomato, olives and crumbled cheese over a base of hummus in a ceramic tart pan.
Chili Cheese Dog Dip
The classic combination of chili, cheese & hot dogs has never tasted so good! Whip up easy Chili Cheese Dog Dip for an appetizer everyone will crave!
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Spinach Dip
This Gillyweed Dip, aka Spinach Dip, is a healthy version of your favorite party dip made with simple ingredients! 
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This Gillyweed Dip {aka Spinach Dip} is a healthy version of your favorite dip made with simple ingredients! cookingwithcurls.com
The very BEST Homemade Guacamole you will ever make is simple, made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and ready to eat in minutes.
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a bowl of guacamole with a lime, tomato, garlic cloves and cilantro leaves in the background.
Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa
Now you can make your favorite Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa at home in minutes using simple ingredients, and it’s Paleo and Whole 30 compliant!
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Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa that is easy enough to make at home in minutes | cookingwithcurls.com

4th of July Side Dishes & Salads

Classic side dishes for any summer gathering include potato salad, grilled or boiled corn on the cob, and refreshing fruit salads that combine a variety of fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, and grapes.

Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad
This Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad will be a hit at all of this summer’s potlucks and barbecues, and it’s even Paleo and Whole 30 compliant!
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This Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad will be a hit at all of this summer's potlucks and barbecues | cookingwithcurls.com
Patriotic Honey Poppy Seed Salad
Let's hear it for the red, white and blue with this fresh salad drizzled with honey poppy seed dressing!  It's worthy of any celebration!
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Red, white and blue chopped fruit salad in a bowl.
Caramelized Onion & Chicken Pasta Salad
Caramelized Onion & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe is one of the best damn pasta salads I've ever had! It's perfect to bring to a summer bash or barbecue!
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Pasta salad with caramelized onion and chicken.
Watermelon Fruit Salad
This Watermelon Fruit Salad with mixed berries and citrus-honey dressing is a light and refreshing addition to your backyard barbecue or holiday party.
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Watermelon, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries fruit salad tossed together in a large white serving bowl and garnished with mint leaves.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob is a tutorial on how to grill corn on the cob using 3 different cooking methods.  Learn how to grill corn in the husk, in foil, or with the husk removed!
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Patriotic Quinoa Salad
This patriotic quinoa salad will be the hit of your Independence Day party. Fresh berries and quinoa are tossed in citrus vinaigrette. Yum!
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Quinoa and fresh fruit salad in a square bowl.
Charred Summer Vegetables
Charred Summer Vegetables are the perfect vegetarian meal or a delicious side dish that you will enjoy serving all summer long!
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Charred Summer Vegetables are the perfect vegetarian meal or delicious side dish all summer long! © COOKING WITH CURLS
Grilled Corn Relish
Grilled Corn Relish is a fusion of charred sweet corn, vibrant peppers, and zesty seasonings. Perfect as a tangy topping, side dish, or dip.
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Grilled Corn Relish gets it's charred flavor from the grill, but it's easy to make in a cast iron skillet | cookingwithcurls.com
Sweet Moist Cornbread
This easy cornbread recipe is perfect if you love slightly sweet, moist cornbread instead of dry, crumbly cornbread. Be prepared for requests for this cornbread recipe the next time you take it to a gathering, because it is so much better than dry store-bought cornbread or cornbread box mixes.
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4th of July Main Dishes

Grilling is a quintessential part of Fourth of July celebrations. You can grill burgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken, ribs, and shrimp too!

Cowboy Burgers
These flame grilled Cowboy Burgers are basted with tangy barbecue sauce, then topped with melted cheese, crispy onions rings and a toasted bun for the perfect summer burger!
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A cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion rings, barbecue sauce and a toasted bun.
Coconut Rum Grilled Shrimp
This Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp recipe is an easy dinner idea for summer grilling and you’ll only needs 5 ingredients!
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Barbecue Bacon Hot Dogs
Barbecue Bacon Hot Dogs cooked to perfection on the grill and topped with crispy onion rings and extra barbecue sauce!
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Barbecue Bacon Hot Dogs cooked on the grill and topped with crispy onion rings | cookingwithcurls.com
Pulled Pork Recipe
Just 3 ingredients and barely any work make this Pulled Pork recipe one of my favorite easy dinners. You will not be able to stop eating this fall-apart-tender meat!
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Classic Diner Burger
A Classic Diner Burger is guaranteed to bring back fond memories of a bye gone era, and a way to share those memories with the next generation!
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A Classic Diner Burger is a bit of nostalgia that I hope never goes out of style | cookingwithcurls.com
Grilled Chickien Skewers
Grilled chicken skewers made with honey, soy sauce and lemon juice will provide you with a flavorful kabob the whole family is going to love.
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Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs
Whether you're making spare ribs or baby back ribs, this recipe will help you make the best tender, fall-off-the-bone Instant Pot Ribs ever!
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A rack of bbq sauce coated pork spare ribs on a sheet of parchment paper.
Hawaiian Grilled Chicken and Pineapple
Pineapple Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious recipe that takes you back to the Hawaiian islands with its tropical Polynesian flavors
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A whole grilled chicken on a wood board surrounded by grilled pineapple slices.

4th of July Beverages

Serve a variety of beverages, with and without alcohol, to keep your guests refreshed and in the celebratory spirit. Remember to provide plenty of water throughout the day to keep everyone hydrated, especially if you’re celebrating outdoors in the summer heat.

Red White & Blue Daiquiri
Red White & Blue Daiquiri is the perfect patriotic cocktail to serve at all your Memorial Day & 4th of July celebrations. This is a delicious rum mixed drink. Don’t miss the optional mocktail recipe so the kiddos aren’t left out.
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Layered Berry Pina Colada
This Layered Berry Pina Colada recipe is creamy and smooth with strawberries, blueberries, coconut, and pineapple flavors for a refreshing tropical rum drink.
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Layered Berry Pina Colada with blue, white, and red layers in two hurricane glasses.
Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe
This easy homemade lemonade recipe made with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar is the perfect refreshing summer drink.
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Two glasses and one glass pitcher filled with lemonade and lemon slices and yellow straws.
Red White & Blue Sparkling Cider
This Red White and Blue Sparkling Cider is easy, refreshing, and delicious. It’s perfect for party-goers of all ages!
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A glass of sparkling cider with strawberries, blueberries, and chopped apples.
Summer Berry Sangria
Celebrate the start of Summer with an impromptu tapas party featuring Summer Berry Sangria!
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a clear plastic cup filled with berries and sangria surrounded by cilantro lime shrimp, a pitcher of sangria, blue plates and bottles of wine
Texas Ranch Water
Texas Ranch Water is a tart and refreshing cocktail made with tequila blanco, fresh lime juice, and Topo Chico mineral water.
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Three blue glasses filled with ice, tequila, lime juice and mineral water with lime wedge garnish.
Bomb Pop Jello Shots
Turn one of your favorite popsicles into Bomb Pop Jello Shots! They’re the perfect treat for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties!
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Red white and blue jello shots in small plastic containers.

4th of July Desserts

Get creative with red, white, and blue desserts such as flag-themed cakes, a variety of ice creams and sorbets, or fruit skewers featuring strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows.

Firecracker Cake
Show your patriotism with this Firecracker Cake! The red, white, and blue runs inside and out!! Great for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or any occasion you want to share a little American pride!
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Red white and blue swirled cake with patriotic sprinkles on top.
Fresh Berries Cookie Pizza
This delicious and festive red white and blue fresh berries cookie pizza is easy to make and would be a perfect addition to any summer bbq or picnic!
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Triple Berry Cheesecake Trifle
This Triple Berry Cheesecake recipe will feed a lot of people (12-15) and would be a great dessert to take to your next family BBQ or neighborhood potluck.
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Triple berry trifle in footed serving bowl.
Watermelon Margarita Sorbet
Celebrate summer with a cool and refreshing serving of Watermelon Margarita Sorbet
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This icy cold Watermelon Margarita Sorbet is exactly what you need on a hot summer night | cookingwithcurls.com
Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
This red, white, and blue make ahead no bake Coconut Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect summer time dessert for a Memorial Day or Fourth of July potluck.
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Icebox cake layered with wafer cookies, whipped cream, and fresh berries.
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Sweet vanilla ice cream with swirls of blueberries and vanilla wafers make this Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream a delicious summer treat!
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Enjoy summer with this delicious Dairy-free Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream | cookingwithcurls.com
Patriotic Berry Popsicles
Beat the heat with homemade Patriotic Berry Popsicles. They're bursting with flavors of Greek yogurt, vanilla almond milk, and mixed berries.
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Creamy white popsicles filled with red and blue berries.

4th of July Party Tips

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Creating an awesome 4th of July party involves a combination of planning, creativity, and attention to detail. Here are some tips to help you throw an unforgettable celebration:

  • Plan in Advance: Start planning your party well in advance to ensure everything runs smoothly. Make a checklist of tasks to accomplish, such as sending out invitations, planning the menu, and organizing activities.
  • Choose a Theme: Consider incorporating a patriotic theme into your party decor and activities. Use red, white, and blue decorations, and encourage guests to dress in patriotic attire.
  • Create a Festive Atmosphere: Deck out your party space with patriotic decorations such as flags, bunting, balloons, and banners. Set up outdoor lighting or string lights for evening festivities and ambiance. (See party supplies below)
  • Offer Fun Activities: Keep your guests entertained with a variety of activities and games. Set up lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes, or giant Jenga. You can also organize a water balloon toss, sack race, or tug-of-war for some friendly competition.
  • Provide Ample Seating and Shade: Make sure you have enough seating for all your guests, both indoors and outdoors. Set up shaded areas with umbrellas, canopies, or tents to provide relief from the sun. You do not want your guests to be miserable!
  • Plan a Fireworks Display: If permitted in your area, plan a fireworks display to end the evening with a bang. Make sure to follow all safety guidelines and regulations when handling fireworks. This was always my favorite part, but it’s getting banned in more and more places. Kids and adults still love their sparklers!
  • Serve Delicious Food and Drinks: Plan a menu that includes a variety of delicious food and drinks to satisfy your guests’ appetites. Consider offering a mix of grilled favorites, salads, side dishes, and desserts. Don’t forget to include vegetarian and vegan options for guests with dietary restrictions.
  • Have a Backup Plan: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes by having a backup plan in place. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, consider renting a tent or canopy to provide shelter from rain or intense sun.
  • Capture Memories: Don’t forget to capture memories of your 4th of July party with photos and videos. Set up a photo booth with props and backdrops for guests to take fun pictures throughout the day.
  • Play Patriotic Music: Create a playlist of patriotic songs and classic summer tunes to set the mood for your party. You can also hire a live band or DJ to provide entertainment throughout the day if you’re feeling fancy.

4th of July Party Supplies

By following these tips, you can create an awesome 4th of July party that your guests will remember for years to come. Happy celebrating!

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