There's plenty to celebrate with our casual outdoor menu, including tips on how you can do much of the cooking ahead. Serves: 8
Watermelon and Cucumber Tonic

Grilled Pork Chops with Shallot Butter

Confetti Couscous
Marinated Summer Beans
Berry-Peach Cobbler with Sugared Almonds
Credit: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

Countdown to the Fourth
Prepare some items in advance so the menu comes together easily.

Up to 2 days ahead:
• Make shallot butter.

Up to 1 day ahead:
• Make juice mixture for beverages.
• Prepare couscous side dish.
• Marinate beans.

2 hours before dinner:
• Combine oil and herbs for pork.

30 minutes ahead:
• Assemble cobbler.
• Light grill.

15 minutes ahead:
• Preheat oven for cobbler.

As guests arrive:
• Place cobbler in oven.
• Combine drink ingredients in a pitcher.
• Grill pork.