It’s no surprise that we think the heart of any great 4th of July party is the food. So, in anticipation of one of our favorite days of the year, we’ve gone deep and searched for the most amazing 4th of July treats. Go with classic burgers, brats, dogs and other easy grilling recipes for the main course, then go festive with the side dishes, desserts and drinks using these red, white and blue recipes.
Top: Stars-and-stripes macarons | Baking a Moment
4th of July Recipes: Snack and Sides
Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers | Bites of Bri
For a fresh, healthy and tasty bite between games in the park or splashes in the pool, these Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers that we found at Bites of Bri are the perfect party appetizer. Your kids (and you) can just grab and go.
In our experience, if you put it on a stick the kids are more likely to eat it. We think that’s true even of these red, white and blue Veggie Kebabs at Food and Fam. Healthy and festive, for the win.
I’ll admit that it’s a little hard to find 4th of July snacks that don’t involve watermelon, which is why I love this Red, White and Blueberry salad at Shared Appetite. It’s more savory than sweet, which gives a nice balance to your food spread.
We think that this tip for turning any dip into patriotic dip at Hungry Happenings is so clever, and our kids would love to help with to execution. Beth also shares her own dip recipe here, but you can use her decorating tips on anything from hummus to French dip.
The sweet dipping sauce and sprinkles on the ends of the Berry Sparklers at Goodie Godmother make these so much more fun and festive than regular fruit on a stick.
4th of July Fruit Pops | Bakers Royale
So, these 4th of July fruit pops that we found at Baker’s Royale are a little more complicated than just sliding fruit onto a skewer, but boy are they worth it if you can pull them off. These are as tasty as they are pretty too.
Watermelon and Blueberry Flag | Lisa Storms
It just doesn’t get easier—or cuter!—than this. We’d serve this Watermelon and Blueberry Flag Snack that we found at Lisa Storms by prepping all the fruit and then letting our kids arrange their own flags, kind of like a 4th of July craft that requires very little parent involvement. You know, so that we can enjoy our grown-up guests too.
Watermelon Stars | Spearmint Baby
It truly does not get easier than these Watermelon Stars that we found at Spearmint Baby. Minimal effort with big results—that’s our kind of party treat!
Honestly, I had to include these Bald Eagle Pears at Parade because they totally crack me up. And they’re actually not that hard to make! With a steady hand for dipping and just a couple of add-on’s, you can have your own little nest of patriotic bald eagles as the centerpiece for your table.
4th of July Snack Mix | Glorious Treats
This sweet and salty 4th of July Snack Mix that we found at Glorious Treats is a great addition to your party buffet because kids can grab ’em and play while you’re grilling up burgers and dogs. Or save them for the end of the night to snack on while watching a movie or sitting around a campfire.
4th of July Recipes: Desserts
Of course, you can make these Red, White and Blue Jell-O Cups at The Almond Eater with pre-made Jell-O cups, but we love her creamy, decadent whipped cream layer recipe, so be sure to click through even if it’s just for that.
Chocolate Bark is such an easy and festive dessert to bring to any party, and this Patriotic Chocolate Bark at Chelsea’s Messy Apron is perfect for a 4th of July cookout. Get the kids to help you add the toppings and break it into bite-size pieces—they’ll love that.
Obviously, these Stars-and-Stripes Macarons at Baking a Moment (also at very top) are for someone who knows what they’re doing in the kitchen. If you’re a baker who can pull these off, please send us some because they look so delicious.
You can make a simple dessert like ice cream really festive with little touches like these Dipped Ice Cream Cones at Tikkido. We love the blue chocolate paired with a strawberry swirl ice cream for a red, white and blue cone that’s festive through and through.
Blueberry Pie Recipe | Cosmo Cookie
Mmm, we love a good Blueberry Pie Recipe, and this one that we found at Cosmo Cookie is so festive with its pie-crust stars on top. This is the kind of dessert that gets noticed at the neighborhood block party, for sure.
I love a good slab pie because they’re so easy to make and they serve so many people. This smart Flag Slab Pie at Treasure in an Earthen Vessel is perfect for the 4th of July—especially with a combo of blueberry and cherry fillings. Yum.
These Dipped Strawberries at Life Tastes like Food are an easy last-minute treat for your 4th of July party. It’s so easy to just dip and drizzle, and you can always switch out vanilla yogurt for the chocolate if you want to cut back on sugar. Or follow her dip recipe and use it on cherries, pretzel sticks, or anything else that you love covered in chocolate.
It’s hard to resist a pudding pop and these Red, White and Blue Pudding Pops at Neighbor Food look so yummy. Just be prepared with lots of wipes and paper towels nearby, because they look like they’ll drip big time.
A Rice Krispies treat is the perfect hand-held dessert for a summer cookout and these red, white and blue Rice Krispies Treat Stars at Hungry Happenings are so festive for the 4th. Mix up the colors ahead of time and let the kids shape them into stars on their own as a party activity.
Leave it to Kelly at Studio DIY to figure out that you can turn Airhead candie into Edible Pinwheels. How clever is that? These make super fun cupcake toppers or just hand them out to all the kids for dessert while you watch the fireworks.
For a Popsicle with a little more nutritional value and tons of flavor, make these Dipped Bananas at Just a Taste. We like her tips for getting the chocolate coating silky smooth, which isn’t always easy. And if you can’t find these sprinkles at your grocery store, you might like these red, white, and blue star sprinkles that make will make these perfect for 4th of July.
Patriotic Cones | The Pretty Bee
We still love these Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cones that we found at The Pretty Bee last year and think that making them can be a really fun activity at your cookout. Set up a station for kids (and adults, too—we won’t judge) to dip their own cones and add their favorite fruit toppings, like blueberries, cherries or strawberries.
Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles | The View From Great Island
If you want to spend your time hanging out with friends rather than serving up intricate desserts, these make-ahead Red, White and Blue Yogurt Popsicles that we found at The View from Great Island are the perfect party dessert. It doesn’t hurt that they taste amazing too.
4th of July Recipes: Drinks
Twizzlers as straws? Why didn’t we think of this? This kid-friendly patriotic punch at Mom Endeavors is such a fun treat for the kids, and we’re pretty sure they’ll run or swim or play off all that sugar before the night ends.
Cut down on your sugar intake by serving water, but make it festive with these Red, White and Blue Ice Cubes at Bellyfull. Of course, they’d also work with any clear soda, lemonade, or even a vodka cocktail. Just saying.
These Fruit Sun Tea Jars at Thirsty for Tea have so much more personality than a cooler full of soda cans, and the strawberry and blueberry water jars have that red, white and blue that make the party a little more festive. And don’t worry: Mason jars are sturdy enough to serve outside with minimal risk of glass breaking.
Red, White and Blue(berry) Margaritas | Gimme Some Oven
We love a great margarita on a hot summer night and these Red, White and Blue(berry) Margaritas that we found at Gimme Some Oven look so tasty for a party. You might want to practice layering the flavors ahead of time. We know, the sacrifice!
Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails | Food and Wine
Watermelons are so easy to juice, so we were excited to find this Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail at Food and Wine. It’s fresh, crisp, bright and colorful—the perfect drink to sip on when it’s hot outside.
Isn’t this Life and Liberty Cocktail at Cosmopolitan so pretty? With sorbet and soda, it has a nice tang to it too. It might take a deft hand to get that swirl looking just right, but the good news is that you can easily leave the alcohol out of this one for your non-drinking guests and kids.
Slushies are always a hit with our kids and these colorful 4th of July Spiked Snow Cones at Grandbaby Cakes are ridiculously fun. Of course, you can leave out the booze or substitute a lemon-lime soda for those who want a non-alcoholic version. Either way, we think these will be a favorite.
The blue sugar rim of this watermelon-and-blueberry 4th of July Cocktail at Tasty Trials makes it a great signature cocktail for your cookout. To make this non-alcoholic, switch out the blueberry vodka for a lemon-lime soda or Izze’s blueberry soda, if you can find it, instead.