42 Recipes for the 4th of July

 It’s time to celebrate America’s Independence Day, but knowing what to serve family and friends can lead to a lot of anxiety and pressure. I’ve got your back with this sensational collection of 42 recipes that will not only make your 4th of July party planning a breeze, but also ensure you have the perfect dish to take to any gathering. So let the celebration begin with these easy-to-follow recipes that will wow your guests, simplify your menu planning, and make you the star of any 4th of July party.

Firework-Worthy Desserts

Any one of these desserts will be a wonderful addition to your celebration.

Berry Fruit Salad with dragonfruit cut into stars.

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad with a honey, lime and mint dressing is a beautiful and tasty addittion to summer parties. With strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and dragonfruit, this recipe is perfect as a side dish or fun summer dessert. (Click Image For Recipe)

Strawberry Crumble in a white ramekin sitting on a blue napkin.

Strawberry Crumble

Strawberry Crumble is a divine dessert with a buttery and crumbly oat pecan topping that uses either fresh or frozen berries. This summertime classic is wonderful for parties, BBQ’s or just as a treat because of its easy and quick assembly and heavenly flavor. (Click Image For Recipe)

Lemon Ice Cream garnished with lemon slices and lemon zest.

Lemon Ice Cream

Refreshing, creamy and luxurious, this Lemon Ice Cream is a dream come true for lemon lovers. Made with Limoncello and a custard base that is infused with the bright flavors of lemon zest. This frozen lemon dessert has the perfect balance of sweetness to tanginess all while being extravagantly creamy. (Click Image For Recipe)

Key Lime Pie

One of the easiest desserts for Summer, Easter and Thanksgiving, this Key Lime Pie recipe has a sweet and tangy key lime custard inside a crunchy graham and coconut crust and is topped with a fluffy lime whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert for anyone who loves citrus. (Click Image For Recipe)

Up close photo of Key Lime Pie with fluffy lime whipped cream.

Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Best Peanut Butter Cookies recipe creates soft and chewy cookies that are a peanut butter lovers dream come true. These melt in your mouth cookies are made from natural peanut butter, whole peanuts and peanut butter chips. (Click Image For Recipe)

A stack of the Best Peanut Butter Cookies loaded with peanut halves and peanut butter chips.

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are so amazing that my butter loving husband can’t even tell that they are plant based. Made with ground oats, applesauce, vegan chocolate chips and walnuts. This recipe makes the best Chocolate Chip Cookies. (Click Image For Recipe) 

A stack of Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Up close photo of a slice of Apple Sauce Spice Cake.

Apple Sauce Spice Cake

Fluffy and moist, this Apple Sauce Spice Cake is an old fashioned cake recipe that is extremely easy to make. Topped with a cinnamon cream cheese icing, this from-scratch recipe is packed with Autumn spices that makes a perfect Fall desert. (Click Image For Recipe) 

A slice of Mom's Frozen Peanut Butter Pie on a white plate.

Mom’s Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Mom’s Frozen Peanut Butter Pie is always a hit at family get togethers no matter the time of year. This super easy old fashioned pie is a recipe you can count on again and again to bring smiles to everyone. (Click Image For Recipe)

A serving of Lemon Sorbet garnished with a raspberry and fresh mint leaves.

Lemon Sorbet

Homemade Lemon Sorbet is incredibly refreshing with a perfect balance of sweetness to tartness. Very easy to make with the use of an ice cream maker. This is a perfect summer dessert for lemon lovers. (Click Image For Recipe)

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Cookies recipe creates a chewy, crispy and flavorful treat that everyone loves. Made with pecans, coconut, old-fashioned rolled oats and cinnamon. Such an easy cookie that is so very satisfying. (Click Image For Recipe)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies sitting next to a glass of milk.

Cherry Pistachio Upside Down Cake

Cherry lovers rejoice! Cherry Pistachio Upside Down Cake recipe has caramelized cherries and pistachios with a moist, from scratch cake. This cake can be made anytime of year! (Click Image For Recipe)

Cherry Pistachio Upside Down Cake

Vanilla Bean Blueberry Cake

Vanilla Bean Blueberry Cream Cupcakes recipe creates moist and tender homemade cupcakes with a fluffy blueberry whipped cream frosting. These heavenly cupcakes are easy enough to make for an everyday treat but delicious enough for special occasions. (Click Image For Recipe)

Vanilla Bean Blueberry Cream Cupcakes recipe creates moist and tender homemade cupcakes with a fluffy blueberry whipped cream frosting. These heavenly cupcakes are easy enough to make for an everyday treat but delicious enough for special occasions.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake on a white cake stand.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Buttery and lusciously lemon, this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake is an easy and heavenly from-scratch dessert. Made with buttermilk and a lemon glaze, this cake is great for parties or family get togethers. (Click Image For Recipe)

Refreshing Cocktails and Mocktails

Invigorating cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages that will be a fantastic addition to your party.

Up close photo of a Limoncello Spritz.

Limoncello Spritz

The perfect summer cocktail for lemon lovers, this quick and easy Limoncello Spritz is made of 3 simple ingredients. Because it is bubbly, refreshing and sweet, it’s perfect for summer parties, BBQ’s, bridal showers, etc. (Click Image For Recipe)

Frozen Watermelon Mojitos is the drink of summer! An adult-beverage speckled with mint, a hint of lime, watermelon simple syrup and incredibly refreshing icy watermelon. It is dangerously delicious!

Frozen Watermelon Mojitos

Frozen Watermelon Mojitos is the drink of summer! An adult-beverage speckled with mint, a hint of lime, watermelon simple syrup and incredibly refreshing icy watermelon. It is dangerously delicious! (Click Image For Recipe)


Made with Lemon Sorbet (or gelato), Prosecco and chilled vodka, Sgroppino is a heavenly after dinner cocktail that is extremely easy to make. This drink is perfect for celebrations, served after a heavier meal, as a dessert for lemon lovers or enjoyed at the end of a hot day. (Click Image For Recipe)

Two up close photos of Sgroppino in fancy crystal glasses.

Hibiscus Pink Lemonade

Learn how to make gorgeous and refreshing Hibiscus Pink Lemonade with these easy steps. This recipe creates one of the most delicious, nonalcoholic drinks! It is perfect for parties or just to stay cool all summer long. (Click Image For Recipe)

Hibiscus Pink Lemonade in an etched glass with ice.

How to Make Iced Tea

Learning how to make iced tea is extremely easy with this recipe and guide. So delicious and simple, this is a summer staple in our house every year. (Click Image For Recipe)

Glass full of iced tea from How To Make Iced Tea Post.

Up close photo of Passion Fruit Orange Mocktail in an etched glass.

Passionfruit Orange Mocktail

The perfect summer drink, Passionfruit Orange Mocktail is a fruity and refreshing drink. Family friendly and great to welcome summer guests. (Click Image For Recipe)

Key Lime Martini in martini glasses.

Key Lime Martini

This Key Lime Martini recipe is creamy, tangy and incredibly refreshing. Made with dark rum, vanilla vodka and key lime juice, this is an easy cocktail to enjoy for summer, New Year’s Eve or as a treat for citrus lovers. (Click Image For Recipe)

Vodka Honey Lemonade Pinterest Image

Vodka Honey Lemonade

Vodka Honey Lemonade is a refreshing homemade adult beverage kissed with honey and speckled with fresh mint. (Click Image For Recipe)

Cherry Wine Slushies

With just 3 ingredients, Cherry Wine Slushies is a fast and refreshing summer frozen cocktail. This drink recipe is perfect for anyone who adores cherries and is perfect for staying cool during the dog days of summer. (Click Image For Recipe)

Cherry Wine Slushies

Blueberry Rum Spritzer

Fun drinks are a requirement for surviving summer and this Blueberry Rum Spritzer absolutely falls into the category of easy and fun alcoholic drinks to make. It is light and refreshing with loads of blueberry flavor and a hint of lemon. So delicious, it is sure to top your list of best alcoholic drinks. (Click Image For Recipe)

Blueberry Rum Spritzer

Easy Make-Ahead Recipes

Make-ahead recipes that offer the convenience of preparing dishes in advance, allowing you to save time and reduce stress when hosting events or serving meals.

Macaroni Salad

Creamy, crunchy and flavorful cold Macaroni Salad is an easy and foolproof side dish perfect for BBQ’s and get togethers. Included are tips and secrets to making an irresistible classic creamy pasta salad that is sure to become a family favorite recipe. (Click Image For Recipe)

Up close photo of Macaroni Salad garnished with Italian parsley.

Overhead photo of Summer Pasta Salad with orange bell pepper pieces, fresh mint and chives.

Summer Pasta Salad

Irresistible Summer Pasta Salad has pan roasted corn, crisp sugar snap peas, savory feta and fresh herbs in a bright homemade lemon vinaigrette. A healthy summer side dish that is very easy to make and is always a hit. (Click Image For Recipe)

Overhead photo of Heirloom Tomato Salad on a rectangle platter.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad is an incredibly fresh and flavorful side dish perfect for Spring and Summer meals. Juicy heirloom tomatoes are drizzled with a fresh herb, garlic and red wine vinaigrette. This salad is as appealing to the taste buds as it is to the eyes. (Click Image For Recipe)

A bowl of Tabouli Salad garnished with fresh lemon slices.

Tabouli Salad

Tabouli Salad is a light and refreshing grain salad that works beautifully next to all kinds of meats or Mediterranean dishes. Made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, English cucumbers, parsley and mint. This side dish is very easy to make and is delicious during the hottest months of the year. (Click Image For Recipe)

Italian Potato Salad

Italian Potato Salad is easy to make, healthy and full of the bright and delicious flavors of Italy. This is a perfect make-ahead side dish for picnics, BBQ’s, cookouts or potlucks because it has no-mayo. Additionally, without the garnish of parmesan cheese, this is a gorgeous vegan salad that everyone will love. (Click Image For Recipe)

Up close photo of Italian Potato Salad.

Skinny Red Potato

My most requested side dish for BBQ’s, Skinny Red Potato Salad is an easy and healthy summer classic. With simple ingredients, great texture and the fresh flavor of dill, this potato salad is always a hit. (Click Image For Recipe)

Skinny Red Potato Salad in a big clear glass bowl.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Bright and crisp, this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is mouthwateringly addictive. With absolutely no dairy, loads of chives and dill pickles makes it perfect for your summer cookout. (Click Image For Recipe)

Dill Pickle Pasta Saladin a brown wooden bowl.

Easy Summer Salad

Blueberry Basil Chopped Veggie Salad

Blueberry Basil Chopped Veggie Salad recipe is a fresh and crisp summer side. Savory and slightly sweet, this salad is packed full of fresh veggies, blueberries and basil. Makes a perfect campion to grilled meats. (Click Image For Recipe)

Mediterranean Delight Pasta Salad recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser with a balsamic vinaigrette, creamy mozzarella and artichoke hearts. Stopping at one bowl is impossible.

Mediterranean Delight Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Delight Pasta Salad is an absolute crowd pleaser with a balsamic vinaigrette, creamy mozzarella, Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. A light meal that is great for dinners or work lunches. Beware, stopping at one bowl is almost impossible. (Click Image For Recipe)

Super Healthy Broccoli Salad recipe is a twist on a classic with yogurt, pipits , chia and hemp seeds. Everyone gobbles this salad up and loves the crunch.

Super Healthy Broccoli Salad

Super Healthy Broccoli Salad is a twist on a classic with extra nutrition packed in. It is crunchy, sweet and savory, a salad everyone gobbles up. (Click Image For Recipe)

Stars And Stripes Feast: Main Dishes, Sauces, and Spices to Celebrate July 4th

Try these absolutely scrumptious recipes that are ideal for celebrating this important occasion.

Best Ever Dry Rub Chicken Wings

So delicious for your game day menu, these Best Ever Dry Rub Chicken Wings are incredibly flavorful and absolutely addictive. (Click Image For Recipe)

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs recipe with garlic, lemon and herbs creates the most amazing grilled shrimp. Included are easy steps with your choice of a grilling method to create a family favorite dish. (Click Image For Recipe)

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs on a white plate with lemon wedges.

Best Dry Rubbed Ribs of Your Life

Best Dry Rubbed Ribs of Your Life recipe creates meat so tender it falls off the bone. These ribs are juicy, packed with flavor and do not require a grill. You will fall in love with these ribs from the first bite. (Click Image For Recipe)

Best Dry Rubbed Ribs of Your Life

Over head photo of a grilles rib eyes steak marinated in the Best Rib Eye Steak Marinade.

Best Ribey Steak Marinade

This recipe creates the Best Ribeye Steak Marinade that is bursting with fresh rosemary and garlic. Super flavorful and delicious rib eye steaks. (Click Image For Recipe)

Mango Shrimp Kabobs garnished with cilantro.

Mango Shrimp Kabobs

Mango Shrimp Kabobs are an out of this world delicious grilling recipe perfect for a healthy dinner. Mango marinade has lime, orange, garlic and cilantro. Be careful, this recipe is seriously addictive. (Click Image For Recipe)

Country Style Ribs that were baked in the oven.

Country Style Ribs In The Oven

Country Style Ribs in the Oven recipe is one of the easiest recipes for a crowd or smaller family dinner. Made with a simple homemade dry rub that is loaded with flavor and boneless pork ribs. This makes a wonderful main dish for celebrations or for extremely easy cooking. (Click Image For Recipe)

Carne Asada

Tips and secrets to making the best Carne Asada with multiple cuts of meat, but it all starts with a great marinade. This recipe creates juicy and flavorful meat that is perfect for tacos, burritos, nachos and all kinds of Mexican cuisine. (Click Image For Recipe)

Marinated, grilled and cut flap steak from Carne Asada Recipe.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce is flavorful, quick and easy to make. It is sticky, smoky, and sweet, transforming grilled meats into irresistible deliciousness. (Click Image For Recipe)

Overhead photo of Homemade BBQ Sauce in a saucepan.

Husband Approved Dry Rub

Husband Approved Dry Rub makes chicken, ribs or your favorite cut of meat taste absolutely phenomenal. This recipe has a great balance of heat, spice and sweetness. Both men and women will go crazy for the flavors of this dry rub. (Click Image For Recipe)

Ultimate Dry Rub for Ribs, Chicken, Wings and Beef in a white bowl.

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