These 4th of July foods are perfect for your 4th of July celebration. Your whole family will love them, and they will be the hit of the party.
I love to throw a party for many reasons, but making tons of food is one of the main ones. Nothing is better than getting the whole family together and making delicious recipes like our 4th of July fruit pizza.
Some of my favorite memories are making food for our family and party guests with my mom. Holidays and food go hand-in-hand for me. I think food is a great way to show your love for others.
Whether you are hosting a large crowd or your immediate family, you need some traditional 4th of July foods. Some amazing traditional foods are potato salad, hot dogs, fried chicken, and apple pie.
Do not get me wrong, these traditional foods are all good, and you should definitely make them, but you should also try some of these best 4th of July recipes below. They are great for a main course, an easy side dish, or a dessert.
Why should you make these recipes?
- They are great 4th of July food ideas
- Patriotic food makes a 4th of July party even better
- They will fuel you up for some old-fashioned summer fun
- You may find a dish that will become a family tradition shared for generations
- Many are so easy too! This melted popsicle fruit salad is a great treat in 3 minutes
- Our 4th of July mocktail is great for the whole family
When should I make these recipes?
Of course, you should make them for the 4th of July, but you can also make these dishes anytime. Some are festive red, white, and blue desserts, so they may only work for patriotic holidays, but other recipes are pretty versatile.
These recipes would make a great addition to a Memorial Day classic barbecue. Just like the 4th of July, you are celebrating the United States and enjoying the warm weather and having a summer party.
We have all different kinds of 4th of July foods for you but check out these 4th of July appetizers also. There are main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and drink recipes that we know you will love.
Gluten Free Burger (Juicy & Delicious!)
There is nothing better than a backyard barbecue with friends. With this easy gluten free burger recipe (that uses a secret ingredient), everyone will be able to join in on the fun.
Baked French Toast Casserole - Make Ahead Recipe
This baked french toast casserole is the perfect make ahead breakfast or brunch! It's made with brioche, challah or french bread, soaked overnight, and baked in the oven. Flavored with cinnamon and topped with blueberries for an easy brunch!
- 5 Showstopper Red, White and Blue Fruit Salads
- 4th of July French Toast Casserole
- Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
- Red, White, and Blue Caprese Salad Recipe
- Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
- Patriotic Fruit Flag Kabobs Recipe
- Red, White, And Bleu Kale Salad Recipe
- Fourth of July Fruit Tray
- Patriotic Pasta Salad
Patriot Honey Poppy Seed Salad
Let's hear it for the red, white, and blue with this fresh patriotic honey poppy seed salad! It's worthy of any celebration!
Easy Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
These ooey gooey red velvet cake mix cookies are moist, soft, and absolutely delicious. They are so simple to make and are perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas.
Red White and Blue(berry) Popsicles
These sweet little pops are not only delicious and cute, but also low in calories, full of fresh fruit, and suitable for a variety of diets! They are paleo, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, low carb, and Whole30 approved! Woohoo!
- Red Velvet Trifle
- Beautiful Patriotic Red White and Blue Blondies Recipe
- Red White and Blue Popsicles (AKA Firecracker Popsicles or Bomb Pops)
- Red, White, and Blue Jello Parfaits
- Red, White and Blue Dessert Bars
- 4th of July Firecracker Jell-O Cups
- Keto Patriotic Dessert - Two Ingredient Cheesecake Mousse
- Individual Berry Shortcakes With Whipped Cream
- Red, White, and Blue Eton Mess
This Red, White and Blue Marble Layered Cake is the perfect dessert to serve for the 4th of July or any other patriotic celebration, family gathering or holiday cookout. This festive layered tie dye cake with vanilla buttercream frosting is tender, moist and incredibly festive!
- Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Perfect Patriotic Pinwheel Cupcakes
- Frozen Patriotic Torte
- July 4th Patriotic Popsicles
- Red White and Blue Trifles (No Cooking, No Baking!)
- 4th of July Cookies
- 4th of July Oreos
- Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Cones Tutorial
Red White and Blue Trifle
Red white and blue trifle is a delicious no-bake berry trifle made with fresh blueberries and strawberries, pudding mix, pound cake, and whipped cream. This seriously simple dessert takes just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to put together.
- 4th of July Cookies
- 4th of July Dessert Board
- Blueberry Strawberry Shortcake - A Family-Sized Layered Take on the Classic
- 4th of July Cherry Bomb Cupcakes
- Red White and Blue Popcorn
- Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Sundaes
- Chocolate Covered RITZ Cracker Peanut Butter Sandwich Pops
- American Flag Snack Cakes - Easy Patriotic Desserts!
- No-Bake 4th of July Patriotic Pudding Pie
4th of July No Bake Pie
This delicious red, white and blue 4th of July No Bake Pie is perfect for your summer celebrations! With a fun fruit flag decoration, this patriotic pie has a pillowy lemon filling and a crunchy gingersnap crust that your family will love.
- Skillet Red White and Blue S'mores Dip
- Fresh Berries Cookie Pizza
- Blueberry-Strawberry Shortcake
- Red White and Blue Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Recipe
- Patriotic Red, White, & Blue Poke Cake
- Flag Fruit Pizza: A Patriotic Gluten-Free Dessert
- Easy Roasted Stone Fruit: A Most Delicious Recipe
- Red White and Blue Popsicles
- Spritz Cookies Recipe with Shortening
Vegan Frozen Yogurt Bark With Berries
A frozen summer treat with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and coconut. It is so easy to whip up and is a healthy snack that kids and adults will LOVE!
- Patriotic American Flag Fruit Tart
- Red, White, and Blue Velvet Cupcakes
- Easy Patriotic Cookies
- Patriotic Mini Fruit Tarts
- Easy 4th of July Cookie Bars
- Patriotic Deviled Jell-O Eggs
- Red, White and Blue Funfetti Dip
- Patriotic Bark
4th of July Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
These patriotic sour cream sugar cookies are perfect for the 4th of July! The cream cheese frosting is easily dyed red, white, and blue, and the dough is perfect for cookie cutters!
- Mixed Berry Cheesecake
- Red, White and Blue Strawberries
- Red, White & Blue Patriotic Chocolate Stars Recipe
- These 4th of July Sugar Cookies are a Must Make!
- Easy Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Bars (No Bake)
- Red White & Blue Buckwheat Berry Cake
- Firecracker Cake
- Bomb Pops
- No Bake Mini Cottage Cheese Cheesecake Recipe (Red White And Blue Cheesecake)
Star Meringues With Fresh Berries
These star shaped meringues, “spangled” with fresh berries are the perfect patriotic dessert for the summer.I like meringues. They were the very first dessert I learned to make in high school.
- 4th of July Red White and Blue Cookies
- Striped Red White and Blue Cookies
- No Bake Mini Cheesecakes
- 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
- Grain Free Red, White, and Blue Berry Fruit Tart
- 4th of July Fruit Pizza
- Mixed Berry Mini Trifles
- 4th of July Cupcakes - Red, White, and Blue Layers
- Easy Patriotic Dessert: Red, White, & Blue Cracker Toffee!
Blue Lagoon Mocktail (The BEST!)
This blue lagoon mocktail is a 3 minute non-alcoholic drink that everyone will enjoy! The sweet & fruity flavor comes from fresh citrus and sweet blue curaçao syrup.
Red, White, and Blueberry Summer Mocktail
Sweet summer strawberries, tangy pineapple, and fresh blueberries pair with sparkling water for this Red White & Blueberry Summer Mocktail. Serve at your next party for a beautiful and refreshing beverage.
Tips for Success
- Get decorative plates and cups: One way to make your food even better is to have cute plates to put it on. Just imagine red, white, and blue plates on a table with your spread of patriotic food. It ties everything together, in my opinion.
- Plan ahead: If you are making a ton of food, you should plan out your schedule ahead of time to make sure you have enough time to cook and bake everything. You will also need to consider how you plan to keep dishes cool or warm.
- Communicate: If you have asked friends or family to bring dishes to your 4th of July party, make sure you know what everyone is bringing so you do not have a bunch of repeats.
- Make a list: I always forget things when I grocery shop, so making a list ahead of time always helps. Instead of looking at the recipe on your phone at the store, sit down and actually write it out!
- Keep it simple: There are a ton of recipes here, so it is easy to get overwhelmed. Pick out a couple (or even just one) to try out and keep it simple!
Storage and Freezing
How you store and freeze these recipes depends on what type of food it is. The mocktails are hard to freeze ahead of time, but cookies and cakes can be made and frozen to save prep time on the day of the party.
Storage: For warm dishes such as cookies, cakes, French toast, and burgers, you will want them to cool to room temperature before placing them in an air-tight container. Then place them in the fridge (cookies can be kept on the counter).
For cooler dishes like fruit salad and pies, you will want to put them back in the fridge or freezer when you and your guests are finished with them. They will not be as good if you let them sit out too long.
Freezing: If you want to make dishes ahead of time (like cookies, cake, or dough), you can put them in an airtight container in the freezer. Make sure you allow them enough time to thaw out before your party.
When properly stored, cookies and cakes can last in the freezer for 8-12 months. You can keep the hamburger patties in the freezer for up to 4 months.
What are some common 4th of July foods?
Any barbecue food is always a safe bet. You will see mac-n-cheese, pasta salad, corn on the cob, fruit salad, baked beans, and coleslaw for side dishes.
Any lemonade (like strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, etc.) is a safe bet for drinks, as are sodas. You can also try fun mocktails if you want to shake things up.
What food should I not bring to a 4th of July party?
Anything that can't sit out in the heat. Usually 4th of July parties are outside, so you do not want to bring anything that can spoil quickly outside.
Are there gluten-free 4th of July food options?
Oh absolutely. All of the above recipes can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free flour, bread, and graham crackers; some are even gluten-free.
The popsicles are gluten-free, as are the burgers and one of the fruit pizzas. If you want to try out a recipe that is not gluten-free, you can make an easy substitution.
Ways to Enjoy
You can make these recipes any time, but they really are great for the 4th of July. I would also recommend serving them at family reunions, special occasions, dinner parties, summer barbecues, or even just for fun.
What really is fun is having a block party with your neighbors. You have everyone on the street or in your cul-de-sac make food, and everyone brings out lawn chairs and eats and hangs out together.
It is a great way to get to know your neighbors and try new foods. You will try new recipes that you may love, and you will be able to share recipes that your neighbors will love. Bonus points if you do this for the 4th of July.
We hope that you have found some recipes you are excited to try, and we know you will love them. Happy 4th of July to you and yours!