My Favorite 4th of July Recipes
I’m so excited that the 4th of July is next week; it is probably my favorite holiday next to Christmas! Favorite, favorite. I love the focus on patriotism and the fireworks and of course, the food. We are traveling to Montana to spend the holiday with my parents (we’ve been at a family reunion for Brian’s family this week, so we’ve had lots of good ol’ concentrated family time!). 🙂
A couple of years ago, I decided I wanted one solid food tradition for the 4th of July, and I wanted it to be homemade cherry pie. It’s become one of our favorite food traditions for the holiday! Maybe this is the year I’ll post the recipe I’ve been perfecting the last several years. It’s a killer cherry pie, and it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without it now!
If you’re looking for the perfect food spread for the 4th of July (or any upcoming BBQ), here are some of my favorite summer/grilling recipes complete with tons of side dish and dessert ideas.
What are your traditional 4th of July eats? (No, seriously, I want to know!)
More favorite grilling recipes HERE.
More amazing side dish recipes HERE.
More beverages right HERE.
Too many other dessert choices HERE.
34 Comments on “My Favorite 4th of July Recipes”
Righty ho because the sounds and sights of war are patriotic??? Count me absolutely out.
Sorry to have upset you, Liz!
We usually go for the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs with lots of sides. Baked beans, salads, watermelon, ice cream bars, veggies trays. ☺
Sounds amazing! I love the traditional BBQ foods a lot, a lot.
Please please post your Cherry pie recipe!! Now my mouth is watering just imagining it!
Hopefully will be able to get to that soon!
I don’t think we have any super traditional 4th of July foods, but I like making a red, white, and blue dessert as much as the next girl!
For what it’s worth, that grilled pesto chicken is one of my family’s very favorite things I make! It’s SO delicious and beyond easy! We make it A LOT during the summer…definitely a crowd pleaser!
Love to hear that, Becky! It’s a go-to for us as well.
We decided to make homemade pizza, homemade ice cream, and serve with root beer for root beer floats. Not very traditional patriotic, but we decided it would be very American!
I love this!
I like to make a rice krispie treat flag . 9 x 13 or larger, so it feed a lot of people. easy and no oven.
Great idea, Barb!
Cherry pie recipe, please! I made one for my dad for his Father’s Day present (it’s his favorite kind) and came to your site first, hoping for a recipe. Alas, I could not find one. Food Network had to suffice. But his birthday is in September…
I’ll try to get it posted soon!
Can’t wait for the cherry pie recipe. that’s a favorite of mine!
I’m excited! I’ll try to get it up soon!
I vote for sharing the cherry pie recipe!! (please!!)
Cherry Pie! Cherry pie! Mel you are the best! I have been reading and cooking your food for a few years,and I justed watched a video you made with Sarah from our best bites (another fave of mine). I Loved It!!! I was cracking up I get such a good sense of who you are from how you write. Thankyou for being so authentic and keeping it real.
Thank you so much, Stacy!
I think our only 4th of July food tradition is watermelon please post cherry pie, it’s one of my favorites!
I’m not sure how quickly I’ll get the recipe up, but I’ll try to be speedy!
Our sour cherry tree is producing cherries like crazy and I’m filling the freezer with cherries. Please post pie recipe soon! Mine is pretty good but I know that yours will be better 🙂
Happy 4th to you!
With a cherry tree, I bet your pie is amazing!
Please do post your favorite cherry pie recipe!! My family loves homemade cherry pie – especially the guys. My recipe is just kind of middle of the road, so would really love to have yours (I’m sure it’s amazing)! Thanks Mel!! Love your blog and recipes!
I would love your cherry pie recipe!! Also, I just ordered the Breville Sous Chef yesterday (you put me onto it) – I’m so excited to make everyday meal prep (and canning!! ) more efficient. Thanks for the recommendation.
I’m so excited for you, Rachel! Love that little machine.
For the 4th, my boys love ribs and then I just come to your sight to find sides. My husband would marry me again if I made a perfect cherry pie. Please share your recipe.
Haha, you’re funny Sheila. And my husband would probably marry me again if I made ribs for him on the 4th.
I would LOVE for you to post the cherry pie recipe (even if it’s not before the 4th!)… it’s one of our favorites!!
I’ll try to post it soon!
Our tradition seems to be Frog Eye Salad, which is a tradition my husband’s family had long before I was ever around. I adjusted it a few years ago to replace the Cool Whip with actual whipped cream. This year, we’re having a gathering at our place, (on the 5th so our local expat friends can come), and grilling burgers. We’ll have Frog Eye, of course, and whatever everyone else ends up bringing.
My mom ALWAYS made frog eye salad for the 4th growing up but I haven’t had it in years. Such a fun flashback reading your comment.