It seems we are barreling straight into July before I’ve really had a chance to enjoy June. Is it just me or is it time for a pause, a break, a moment to kick back and soak in all that is good about summer? Luckily, the 4th of July is just around the corner. The 4th of July is a great time for my family to relax and slow down. Since so many people are off of work, we usually wind up seeing lots of friends and family that day. It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on naps, games, and even ends with fireworks. What’s not to love?

My favorite part of July 4th is the food. Like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I feel that everyone brings their best dishes and recipes to the table on the 4th of July. Fresh fruit, grilled meats, homemade desserts seem to overflow on this day. It feels a bit decadent….and I’m okay with that. Plus, it’s an interesting aspect to incorporate the red, white, and blue color scheme into the mix.

So, here’s a round-up of 5 fun 4th of July dishes that are guaranteed to bring a smile to any event you attend this year.

The BEST burgers

Full disclosure here: I only eat hamburgers a few times a year. In general, I don’t eat much meat and in particular I don’t eat a lot of red meat. But, oh my – grilled hamburgers on the 4th of July are too good to pass up! Especially, if they are made like these:



Corn on the cob absolutely never gets old, even with the minimal butter and salt. But to dress sit up and knock it out of the park try on of these:


fruit kabobs

Like corn, fruit in even it’s most basic form is pretty amazing.  It’s also refreshing, which is why it makes an excellent side dish for any 4th of July party. After all, it’s nice to grab a bite of something lighter when you plan to eat all day.  Since fruit naturally comes in red and blue, it’s also an easy way to get in the spirit. Here are some extra fun ways to use fruit for the 4th.


Fun drinks


With both kids and adults fun and festive drinks are a big hit. Even more so with the 4th of July. Hey – it gets pretty hot by July and keeping hydrated is important.  Offer to bring any one of these drinks at party next week and you’re sure to be a star.




No 4th of July meal would be complete without some delicious desserts on the table.  Easy red and blue sprinkles can make anything 4th of July friendly, from cupcakes to ice cream. However, if you really want to show off you can use any of these dessert recipes and I promise there won’t be any leftovers to bring home later.

Whether you are hosting or attending a party this year, use any combination of these 5 essential 4th of July dishes and you will be guaranteed a good time….or at least a satisfied appetite!