Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.
Brats and bacon: the perfect July 4th marriage. We share grilling and saucepan directions so you can pick your method.
Three layers -- salty, sweet, and fruity -- make this 4th of July layered dessert a potluck favorite.
Utilize peak-of-the-season fruits to make this simple salad that is perfectly patriotic. The July 4th recipe stays sweet with the help of honey rather than refined sugar.
Five ingredients (including perfect-for-the-holiday star fruit) make an adults-only drink everyone will cheer for.
Saucy, finger-licking ribs are a backyard barbecue must. Cook them over mesquite wood chips with a slightly sweet rub and chipotle sauce for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Punch up classic corn salad with fresh, juicy peaches and crisp slices of radish. Add smoky flavor to the farm-stand salad by grilling the sweet corn first.
This cinnamon cake-layered trifle wins on all fronts: presentation (layers of red cake and ultracreamy whipped mascarpone), ease (make it the night before), and flavor (like munching on cinnamon candies).
Before the fireworks, fill your friends and family with sizzling grilled steak tacos. The lean meat joins garden-fresh vegetables and queso fresco in warm grilled corn tortillas.
Toast to the nation's independence with sweet strawberry sangria. The red-and-white big-batch cocktail gets double the fruit flavor from fresh berries and strawberry schnapps.
Create a colorful 4th of July dessert with fresh fruit and refrigerated piecrust. The peach and blueberry treat gets even better with a melty scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Classic crunchy coleslaw gains sweetness from salad pickles, which complement the fresh flavors of cabbage and carrots. The side-dish recipe produces 6 cups of crisp slaw, ensuring plenty for all your friends and family.
When it comes to grilling, barbecue chicken is about as classic as it gets. Slather chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks in our sticky-sweet homemade balsamic BBQ sauce, then grill until golden brown.
Want to know our secret to this lemonade cocktail? It's our homemade blackberry-bourbon syrup! Watch to see how easy it is to make this refreshing summer beverage.
For the perfect summer refreshment, turn to sweet tea. Ours has a splash of rum and a hint of lime juice. Garnish with watermelon and mint.
Ruby-red strawberry granita is a refreshing 4th of July dessert that requires no special equipment to prepare. Top each serving with a few full berries and lemon whipped cream for extra fruity flavor.
Fruit salad is a 4th of July favorite, and this tangy take blends sweet honeydew melon with fresh cucumber and creamy feta cheese. The side salad is low in calories, so you can indulge in those red, white, and blue desserts guilt-free.
These savory, succulent pork chops boast bright flavor from a homemade lemon-garlic marinade. Simply grill until tender, then serve -- wooden skewers make the tasty chops easy to eat.
Transform refrigerated crescent roll dough into a vibrant 4th of July dessert with bright berries and creamy mascarpone cheese. Arrange the red, white, and blue tarts into a pretty pattern, or mix the berries according to taste.
Protect the fresh-picked flavor of summer's most iconic veggie by boiling your corn in the husk. An easy cayenne-flavor butter makes this dish a contender for the best 4th of July side dish.
A zesty nine-spice rub takes smoked pork ribs to a whole new level. Easy to make for the masses, these ribs will be the hit of your patriotic celebration.
Confetti cupcakes will be the hit of your party with a few festive add-ons. Fireworks inspire the swirls and colorful sprinkles that dress up these 4th of July cupcakes.
Brighten up this year's July 4th menu with beautiful grilled vegetables. Finish off this mix of shallots, summer squash, sweet peppers, cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, and carrots with a fresh and flavorful arugula-mint pesto sauce.
Whip up this easy 4th of July side in just 15 minutes -- simply chop the ingredients and mix them together in a bowl before serving! The chunky guacamole dip incorporates sour cream, green salsa, fresh pineapple, and zingy jalapeno pepper.
Pulled pork sandwiches get an update with an easy-to-make barbecue sauce that has a surprise ingredient: strawberries! Served on soft rolls, these tasty sandwiches are a great bring-along main dish for a July 4th party.