The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Check out these all-American dishes that have stayed classic or are served with a twist to create the ultimate backyard menu to help you celebrate the 4th of July.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Red, White and Blue Appetizer

Kick off your party with a patriotic cheeseboard spread that can be prepped ahead and requires not cooking. See the recipe.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Watermelon

Instead of serving plain slices, check out this recipe that features the fruit with lime, salt and some spice. See the recipe.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Corn

A backyard summer celebration is not complete without corn. Check out this Grilled Corn and Shrimp Salad to kick off the festivities. See the recipe.

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Hot dogs

We love a classic hot dog, but it’s time to spice things up with some fun toppings. Check out this recipe loaded with Bánh Mì flavors or the dog pictures above, served with mango and pineapple chutney and a chipotle aioli. See the recipe.

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Potato Salad

We love a good potato salad, but when they’re coated in mayo and sitting under the hot sun all day, we just can’t bring ourselves to dig in. Check out this recipe that is cooked on the grill and served with a feta dressing on the side.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Ribs

Check out these pomegranate chipotle ribs that are smoked on the grill to finger-lickin’ delight. Or, go with this easier recipe for oven honey bourbon ribs that can be finished in the oven or on the grill.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Burgers

First, read up on how to grind your own burger for the perfect juicy blend. Then, check out this classic burger that is topped with a tomato and shallot jam instead of plain ketchup. Or, think outside the box with some of our favorite burgers that come with unique toppings.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Grilled Skewers

These grilled chicken, bacon and vegetables skewers can be mostly prepped ahead of time. Plus, they’re easy to serve since they’re already pre-portioned on a stick. See the recipe.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Pie

There’s something that just feels so American about a summer berry pie. Check out this recipe.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Ice Cream

Cool down with a big batch of this Blueberry and Buttermilk Ice Cream. You will need an ice cream maker to churn this one, but it is so worth it. See the recipe.

The Ultimate Backyard Menu for the 4th of July

Shortcake

Check out this adults-only recipe for Wine Soaked Strawberry Shortcake. Or feature the summer fruit in this kid-friendly Strawberries and Cream Cake.

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Cocktails

Make drinks easy on yourself by serving a pitcher of this berry sangria that can be made ahead. See the recipe.

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