Independence Day Menus

Celebrate the Fourth of July with fresh and delicious summer menus worthy of fireworks.

  • Quick Baked Beans with Smoked Bacon
    James Carrier

    All-American Barbecue

    This block party-worthy menu serves up to 10 people and is sure to appeal to kids and adults alike, with everything from Classic Western Burgers to Old Glory Cherry-Blueberry Pie.
  • Grilled Flatbreads with Tomatoes and Basil
    Tina Cornett

    Fourth of July Cookout

    Grilled Flatbread with Tomatoes and Basil, the centerpiece of this barbecue menu, captures the best of summer's fresh flavors. Cooking the bread on the grill gives it a great flavor and crispy crust.
  • Our American Hero

    Bill of Lights

    Oh, say, can you see what we have for you: substantial dishes, including desserts, that are not only healthful but exude the excitement of a fireworks display.
  • Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Mango Salsa
    Photography: Becky-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Dinner at Dusk

    For this year's Fourth of July gathering, serve out-of-the-ordinary, delicious dishes such as Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Mango Salsa and Roasted Plums with Ginger and Pecans.
  • Sweet-and-Savory Burgers

    Home for the Fourth

    The beauty of this menu is that nearly all of the dishes can be made ahead, freeing up time to kick back and relax with family.
  • Philly Firecrackers

    Independence Day Picnic

    Homemade lemonade, potato salad, brownies, apple pie–even slaw! This portable menu from Southern Living is quintessential Fourth of July. All that's missing is the American flag.
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