Start your holiday off with this excellent and tasty 4th of July food ideas. These recipes will put you on the right path with a festive menu to celebrate everyone’s favorite summer holiday. 


Happy 4th of July! There is something so great about 4th of July recipes like Red White and Blue Popsicles. It’s like a summer cookout menu, but better. Also, eating food outside always makes it taste ten times better. Talk about sunshine being the secret ingredient!

Celebrate the holiday with a bang by making all these incredible summer recipes. These recipes are great no matter what kind of celebration you are having. Big groups and small gatherings will fall in love with this holiday menu. No matter what combination of 4th of July recipes you choose to add to the menu, you are guaranteed to have a hit celebration.


1. Red, White & Blue Trail Mix

Red, White, and Blue Trail Mix is the perfect 4th of July snack! For every patriotic holiday, or just when you are getting together to celebrate someone and their service to this country, make this festive red, white, and blue trail mix made with M&M’S® Peanut Red, White & Blue Candies. This easy snack is always a hit!

The snack mix has all of the flavors you could want.

It’s a little salty, sweet, and totally addicting.

2. Buffalo Chicken Sliders

It will be hard to resist filling up on these buffalo chicken sliders before the main meal.

These sliders are smothered in buffalo sauce and cheese, making for the perfect bite.

Don’t worry about them being too spicy. The buffalo sauce has just the right amount of spice to wake up your tastebuds.

3. Pigs in a Blanket

Would it really be a 4th of July celebration if pigs in a blanket weren’t involved?

Get your party started on the right foot and serve up a full plate of the classic appetizer.

Go ahead and make a double batch of the pigs in a blanket. They will disappear off the plate faster than you think.

4. 4th of July Cheese Tray

Give your classic cheese board a holiday make-over with this 4th of July cheese tray.

The tray takes all of your favorite crackers and cheeses and turns them into a decorative masterpiece.

It will almost be too pretty to eat.

5. Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

These Caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle know how to punch a pack in such a small bite.

The skewers are a perfect way to serve this traditional dish, especially at a party.

Don’t worry about the skewers taking away from the flavor. If anything, it makes it easier to taste all of the flavors at the same time.


6. Grilled BBQ Chicken

A grill is the ultimate cooking tool when it comes to the summertime. So you might as well put it into full force and use it to make this grilled BBQ chicken.

This chicken is bursting with flavor on each bite. The chicken is rubbed with tons of herbs and spices to create a mouthwatering base and is then covered with a homemade barbeque sauce to top it all off.

This main course is so good that you’ll forget about all of the side dishes on your plate.

7. Honey Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp on the barbeque is always a good idea.

This shrimp mixes sweet and savory flavors for the ultimate party in your mouth.

Go ahead and put two servings on your plate. It will save you the trip back to the buffet table.

8. Marinated Grilled Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a staple food when it comes to the 4th of July.

The traditional barbeque is the perfect addition to any July 4th celebration.

These hot dogs skew a little bit from traditional hot dogs, but in the best way possible.

The 4th of July recipe cuts slits in the hot dog and covers them in a special marinade. The slits make sure the tasty marination gets in every nook and cranny.

9. Cheeseburger

If you didn’t have a burger on the 4th of July, did you really celebrate the 4th of July?

Fulfill your 4th of July food obligations with this super tasty cheeseburger.

The cheeseburger has everything you love about a traditional burger and then some.

10. Crock Pot Pulled Pork

It may sound like a hassle to pull out the crock pot in the summer, but this pulled pork will be well worth it.

This crock pot pulled pork can be cooked both low and slow or a little higher or fast. Go with the low and slow method if you have the time to pull out all of that extra good flavor.

Top the sandwiches with some homemade coleslaw for a truly delicious bite.


11. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill pickles in a pasta salad may sound strange, but after one bite, you’ll be wondering where this combination has been all of your life.

The pickles add a tangy flavor to the pasta salad that will bring joy to your tastebuds.

Do yourself a favor and double this 4th of July recipe so you can eat it long after the festivities are over.

12. Potato Salad

Potato salad and the 4th of July are like two peas in a pod.

The salad is a staple at every cookout for a reason.

This recipe sticks to the traditional flavors giving you the potato salad you know and love.

13. Fresh Corn Salad

This summer corn salad takes the best of summer produce and wraps it all up in one bite.

The salad combines corn, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, avocado, feta, and fresh herbs for a twist on a refreshing summer salad.

It will be the perfect addition to your plate next to your hamburger and hot dog.

14.  Air Fryer French Fries

Save room on your plate for a heaping scoop of these air fryer french fries.

These French fries keep everything nice and light thanks to their quick cook in the air fryer.

It keeps out all of the necessary oil that typical French fries bring to the table.

15. Homemade Cornbread

It may seem like a lot to add a piece of cornbread to your plate, but it is the perfect addition to your 4th of July celebration.

The cornbread will be great to sop up all of the extra sauce from the tasty main dishes.

Plus, it can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

16. Texas Caviar

Who needs fancy caviar when you have Texas caviar?

Now, this caviar is far from the fish caviar you may know and love.

This caviar isn’t really caviar at all. However, it might just be better than the real thing.


17. Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Every 4th of July celebration needs a red, white, and blue dessert, and this poke cake is the perfect vehicle for that.

The cake will not only wow your eyes, but your tastebuds as well.

Save this recipe and switch up the colors to use it to celebrate other festive holidays.

18. Skillet S’mores Cookie

Summer and s’mores go hand in hand.

While it may be a little complicated to get the fire pit going during your 4th of July celebration, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have s’mores.

Serve up the tasty marshmallows in the form of a giant skillet cookie.

It will be the ultimate dessert for your 4th of July celebration.

19. Strawberry Icebox Cake

Cool down with a nice and refreshing slice of this strawberry icebox cake.

The cake uses three simple ingredients to all come together.

The hardest part of this 4th of July recipe will be waiting for all of the layers to set in the fridge. It will be well worth it!

20. S’mores Cupcakes

Turn your s’mores into cupcakes for the ultimate 4th of July recipe.

These cupcakes have everything you love about s’mores, minus the gooey marshmallow mess.

Good luck eating just one. They are truly addicting and indulgent.

21. 4th of July Fruit Kabobs

Finish off your 4th of July celebration on a lighter note with a festive fruit kabob.

Eating these kabobs will be almost as fun as making them.

They are basically an edible crafts project that everyone can get in on in the kitchen.

4th of July Appetizers

Southern Deviled Eggs
These Southern Deviled Eggs are packed with a creamy, lightly spiced filling that is ultra flavorful! Great on the buffet table or as an appetizer anytime.
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buffalo chicken dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is the perfect easy appetizer to enjoy in the crockpot or oven! Filled with chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, and cheese for the ultimate Buffalo Chicken Dip to enjoy anytime!
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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels roll sliced ham and Swiss cheese with tender crescent dough. The pinwheels are brushed with garlic butter to amp up the flavor for an easy appetizer or quick dinner!
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A large soft pretzel being dipped into a bowl of cheese dip.
Pretzel Cheese Dip
Pretzel cheese dip is a must if you’re baking up a batch of hot pretzels! Supremely cheesy and oh-so-easy, it’s also delicious as a cheese fondue.
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pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket is a classic party appetizer that pairs buttery crescent roll dough with little smokies sausages. I give mine a flavorful twist by adding everything bagel seasoning!
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Cooked sausage balls.
Sausage Balls
Sausage Balls are the perfect easy appetizer made with just 4 simple ingredients – sausage, Bisquick, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk.
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Drink Recipes for the 4th of July

Shark Bait Ice Cream Floats
Shark Bait Ice Cream Floats
For a fun Shark Week kids drink idea, try this Shark Bait Ice Cream Float made with vanilla ice cream, blue kool-aid, and gummy sharks and life preservers
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watermelon recipes
Watermelon Lemonade
A refreshingly pink summer drink, Watermelon Lemonade is perfect on the hottest days.
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