The 4th of July is undoubtedly summer’s largest celebration, not to mention one of the best cooking days of the year! With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, it’s an excuse to party all weekend long. So break out the pool floaties, koozies, and your favorite sandals. We’re ready to eat to our heart’s content and soak up all the sunshine we can. With that said, we’ve put together our favorite red, white, and blue recipes that celebrate Independence Day in patriotic style.
1. Berry Breakfast French Toast Casserole
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Kickstart the holiday with this Berry Breakfast Bagel French Toast Casserole (try saying that ten times fast). We love using ripe, in season strawberries, blueberries, cherries or other fruits to make nutritious and delicious brunch dishes in the summertime. A sprinkling of powdered sugar or dollop of yogurt on top completes the red, white and blue motif!
2. Patriotic Pancake Stacks
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Turns out kebabs aren’t just for grilling! These Patriotic Pancake Stacks aren’t just crazy delicious, but they’re also super fun for kids to assemble and eat. This is one of those times where the food is almost too pretty to eat…almost. Looking for more brunch inspiration? We’ve got you covered.
3. American Flag Donuts
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Who can resist a donut? Not us! American Flag Donuts are the perfect breakfast or brunch treat. Make these a day ahead so the frosting can set properly or pop them in the fridge if you’re down to the minute. This donut recipe is also a great base to use for other baking projects (cider donuts, anyone?)
4. 4th of July Fruit Salad
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Add even more color to the table with a 4th of July Fruit Salad. From cherries to melon, this is a refreshing dish you can enjoy all day long. Pro Tip: Cut up the melon and slice the strawberries the day before. Store each of the fruit in separate containers and mix it up all day long as needed to keep the bowl full.
5. Patriotic Dipped Strawberries
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Here’s a fun activity for the kids! Patriotic Strawberries are an easy project for the littles to work on while “helping you” in the kitchen. They’re also a clever way to bring the party inside when they’ve been out in the sun too long, or worse – if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
6. Blueberry Tomato Caprese Salad
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Whip up a Blueberry Tomato Caprese Salad for a healthy and patriotic twist on a classic that puts your cookie cutters to work. This is a great side dish to go alongside any grilled meat, including steak! Whether you’re brand new to grilling steak or need a few refresher tips, we’ve put together the ultimate steak grilling guide just for you. Find more summer side inspiration here.
7. Red, White and Blue Mini Cheesecakes
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The greatest thing about cheesecake, besides the fact that it tastes so good, is that it’s a make-ahead treat. These Red, White & Blue Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect bite-sized sweet to offer at your backyard celebration. Take them out of the fridge in batches and keep restocking the tray so that they don’t melt in the sun.
8. Fireworks Pudding Cookies
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For an easy baking project to do with the kids, we love the Fireworks Pudding Cookies from Crazy for Crust. They’re soft and moist with colorful candies sprinkled throughout. They’d be great wrapped up to share with friends and neighbors, too!
9. 4th of July Candy Popcorn
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Another great no-bake option that’s perfect for sharing is this 4th of July Candy Popcorn. The kids are going to go crazy for this one. With just a few simple ingredients, this patriotic twist on a classic snack goes sweet with a white chocolate coating to help the colorful sprinkles stick.
10. Red Velvet Fruit Pizza
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Pizza on 4th of July? Fruit pizza, that is! Red Velvet Fruit Pizza is a simple way to add elegance to the dessert table with easy to find ingredients. Go for a quality box of cake mix to make the job as simple as can be and decorate it in the morning.
11. Double Berry Coconut Pops
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Feeling the July heat? For those of us not lucky enough to have a backyard pool, cooling down with an icy treat is a must. Double Berry Coconut Pops are an easy way to get in a healthy serving of fruit and hydration. Make these a few days in advance and you can grab one out of the freezer anytime the craving strikes.
12. 4th of July Swiss Cake Roll
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If you’re looking for something sweet to impress guests with, this 4th of July Cake Roll will do the trick! It’s got a fun retro vibe, and isn’t nearly as hard to create as it looks. Pro Tip: Pop the cake roll in the freezer for an hour or two to give the frosting more of a frozen texture for an imitation ice cream cake.
13. Mixed Berry Trifle
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Trifles may be more familiar in the UK than here in the USA, but we think it’s high time that changed! This is the ultimate showstopper for non-bakers or anyone short on time. Most of the work is prep and assembly. It’s easy, tasty, and looks gorgeous when you show off all those colorful layers. A Mixed Berry Trifle gives you that classic red, white and blue color combo required for the summer holiday.
14. Patriotic Sangria
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And lastly, but certainly not least – cocktails! This recipe for Patriotic Sangria is clever and refreshing. Plus, sangria is a crowd pleaser that’s also batch-friendly which means less work for you and more drinks for you and your guests! Summer entertaining really doesn’t get any better than that.
Looking for more sweet summer treats? Check out our best strawberry recipes that make the most of berry season. We also have a great round-up of BBQ recipes in case you need some inspiration for the rest of your 4th of July spread as well.