20 Best 4th of July Menu Ideas
There’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with lots of good food (and some tangy treats).
Fourth of July drinks, of course). Just ask Ree Drummond, who plans a huge Fourth of July gathering in her hometown of Pawhuska every year. “We usually have a big Fourth of July dance party in our town, and although the fireworks, music and decorations make me smile, the focus for me has always been the food,” says Rey. The feast is filled with grilled burgers and hot dogs, of course, but there are also tacos, steak bites, and refreshing snow cones. Back home, the Drummond family often hosts a smaller family celebration with more classics. Think: fresh corn casserole, the best baked beans ever, and perhaps the most patriotic dessert of all – a giant American flag paper cake.
And if that doesn’t inspire you for your Fourth of July menu, don’t worry, this list of 20 certainly will. Whether you’re throwing a sophisticated 4th of July cocktail party, hosting a casual picnic, venturing out on an Independence Day camping trip, or want to celebrate just like the Drummond family, these exquisite menus and platters will provide delicious flavor for every occasion. There are also vegan-friendly and gluten-free menus, as well as meals inspired entirely by fresh summer produce and the stars and stripes – there’s nothing more patriotic than a red, white and blue themed party!
These menus have every recipe you need from start to finish to throw your best Fourth of July celebration yet. Start with Fourth of July appetizers and then indulge in main courses like burgers, barbecued ribs, and delicious grilled steak recipes. Balance the menu with filling salads, baked beans, crunchy and fluffy meals, and don’t forget summer desserts. Each menu is complemented by something delicious, from no-bake pies and boiled cobblers, to quick bars, and of course plenty of cold fare. Add a refreshing drink (or two!) to wash it all down, and you’re good to go! Just remember to make enough so everyone can get seconds. 😉