The Independence Day celebrations for the 4th of July are about to begin. This year, this American federal holiday falls on a Monday, giving most of us a three-day holiday weekend and an opportunity to celebrate America and our rich national history.
It’s also time for a July fireworks show, red-white-and-blue table settings, and a delicious summer holiday menu. Not sure what to serve at your Independence Day celebration? Try one of these inspiring recipes today.
Fire up your grill
Besides the American flag, what’s more American than a juicy grilled burger? According to Lisa Hatfield of the Delicious Table website, you should add hamburger seasoning to your burgers to create amazing flavor. Made with spices you probably already have on hand, this special mix promises to enhance your burgers, whether they are grilled outdoors or cooked inside.
Take hot dogs to the next level with these Best Hawaiian Hot Dogs. Topped with a pineapple salsa in a sweet Hawaiian bun coated with spicy mayo, these hot dogs are far from ordinary. Perfect food for a tropical-themed American holiday celebration!
Side dishes serve up great flavor during Independence Day celebrations
For a fun, festive, and easy snack, try these 4th of July Fruit Kabobs. These tasty treats use only three ingredients: angel food cake, strawberries, and blueberries. Perfect for both kids and adults, these handheld fruit kabobs will be the hit of the party!
For a cool, refreshing side dish, try Mexican-style Street Corn Macaroni Salad. This salad uses fresh charred corn, and several Mexican spices, and complements grilled meat of any kind. Or, you can add shredded chicken and black beans to make it a hearty meal. Cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime top this delicious salad. Recently featured on the Today Show, this recipe comes from food and lifestyle expert, Alejandra Ramos.
Cookies are a hit
Looking for easy but festive 4th of July desserts? Try red, white, and blue Red Velvet cookies from Oh Sweet Basil. These cookies are made with instant pudding and filled with patriotic-colored candies. In addition, they are whipped up in less than thirty minutes. Sure to please kids of all ages!
Have cake, will travel
From Betty Crocker comes this recipe for a simple yet tasty Flag Cake. With a box of Betty Crocker yellow cake mix, a tub of vanilla frosting, and some blueberries and strawberries, you’re all set. Most importantly, this sheet cake can be decorated right in the pan it was baked in, making it super easy to transport.
Watch July fireworks and celebrate with a refreshing beverage
With a three-day holiday weekend in your future, beat the heat with a delicious Frozen Strawberry Margarita. In addition to tequila, you’ll need Triple Sec (an orange liqueur), frozen strawberries, limes, and a sweetener such as honey. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, or try fresh basil leaves for a different twist. Top with lime wedges, and serve. A pretty and refreshing frozen drink!
Celebrate the 4th of July deliciously
So, whether you’re celebrating at the beach, or whether you’re marking this friends and family-together occasion in your own backyard, these recipes are sure to please. We hope your holiday is filled with friends, family, and festive food.
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