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Simple 4th of July Food Ideas

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These simple 4th of July Food ideas are just what you need to create a memorable, but not exhausting 4th of July party, Parties should be fun for everyone, including the party planner.

4th of July Decor


Planning A Menu For the 4th of July

If you’re hosting an Independence Day party, wow your guests and family with a spectacular menu of delicious and patriotic food. Here are a few tips to help you plan out your 4th of July party menu. I also have a fun freebie printable menu plan later in this post, so look for it.

Start with the major groups of menu items: appetizers, main course, sides, desserts, and beverages. Start planning early so that if you need to borrow or outsource some items, you can enlist the help of family and friends. 

4th of July Party Planner



Here are some general ideas for each food category. Keep in mind your guests and family’s dietary needs and restrictions. Don’t forget to include family favorites, too! If you’ll be celebrating outside, choose foods that will work well in the heat or plan for ice and refrigeration needs, if possible.

All you need are some dollar bin buckets and some Sharpie markers to make some fun inexpensive home decor!


Appetizers are fun because you can get creative with the red, white and blue theme. How about this festive red and blue salsa from Two Peas And Their Pod? Or serve this hot chorizo dip with red, white and blue tortilla chips.  These kid-friendly patriotic firecracker fruit kabobs by Mission To Save are also cute and fun to put together. Or just keep it simple with cheese, crackers, vegetables, and dip.

vegetable dip made with beau monde

Side Dishes

What outdoor picnic or BBQ would be complete without a side dish of baked beans? Try this yummy updated Three Bean salad is perfect for a BBQ.  Consider cold pasta salads like this pepper broccoli salad that you can make ahead and refrigerate overnight. It’s always easy to prepare a simple traditional garden salad, too. Remember to plan for a way to keep things chilled if they aren’t going to be eaten right away. Remember 4th of July Food ideas that are classics are always appreciated.

Main Course

Take advantage of the summer weather and grill up some delicious main offerings, like burgers and hot dogs. You can get fancy and do skewered meats, too, like these Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs by Dinner At The Zoo, or these Balsamic Beef Kabobs from Joyful Healthy Eats. You can also skip the grilling and serve up some ham sliders.


Ah! Here’s the place to get creative with 4th of July themed food. Strawberries and blueberries are in season and are perfect for creating red, white, and blue desserts like this 4th of July Cupcakes

Red White and Blue Cupcakes




For a wow factor, try serving some fun Red, White and Blue ice cream. Or, how about these cute and festive Patriotic Pinwheel cookies. Need more ideas? We’ve got lots of 4th of July desserts here.

red white blue muffins


Classic lemonade is always a favorite choice for a summer beverage. For a naturally sweetened beverage, try this Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water by  The View From Great Island. Not only will it keep your guests hydrated, but it’s also visually stunning to look at. If your adult guests like beer, make sure you have a spot for chilled beverages with lots of ice! For your friends who enjoy wine, consider this patriotic wine slushie from A Turtle’s Life For Me. It’s always a good idea to keep cold bottled water or sparkling water on hand, too.

4th of July Party Decorations

Decoration for the 4th can be fun and so inexpensive. We made these Red, White and Blue centerpieces with supplies mostly from the Dollar Store. These cute 4th of July Sensory bottles, also make for fun decorations. 

If you have families coming, pick up some cute buckets and let people create fun and festive 4th of July crafts

Planning your menu and getting creative with the Independence Day theme can be so much fun! You can find your free 4th of July Menu printable below.

For more great 4th of July recipes ideas

Also, check our 4th of July craft ideas:


4th of July Food

You can take it further by showing off all your delicious food with red and blue plates, cups and napkins. Decorate your tables with patriotic tablecloths and centerpieces. Don’t forget a fun Patriotic favor bucket for a party favor to end the day on a festive note! This is a fun craft idea you can make ahead of the party.

Whatever you have planned, I hope you enjoy all the fun of the day and evening. You can find your free printable party planner here. 

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Thursday 20th of June 2019

I love this. We'll just be getting back from California on the 3rd and won't be able to do anything too high stress. I like this!


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Yes, I am all about easy! Have a wonderful trip!


Saturday 22nd of June 2019

I am all about keeping it easy! You will be north of me in California, but really hope to meet IRL sometime!