July 4th picnic table with food

The word patriotic isn’t one that immediately comes to mind when considering food. However, the right dishes for your July 4th celebration can help everyone get in the mood to celebrate our independence in grand style. These are some dishes you’ll find delicious and simple to prepare for your Independence Day celebration.

Potato Salad

Everyone seems to have a personal favorite when it comes to potato salad recipes. The fact that it is easy to make and can be made ahead and refrigerated makes it an excellent choice for this particular holiday fare. The other benefit is that it is best served cool, no matter how much things heat up at your gathering.

Grilled Selections

This is the quintessential holiday for cooking on the grill. The sky is the limit for your grilling pleasure and may include any or all of the following delightful dishes for your holiday enjoyment:

  • Burgers
  • Steaks
  • Brats
  • Hot Dogs
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Ribs
  • Vegetables
  • Pizzas
  • Shish kabobs

Once you’ve chosen your grilling foods, the rest is simply resisting temptation until the cooking is done. Or giving up the pretense altogether and grazing all afternoon while the grill is hot.

Barbecue Beans

Few dishes are more American on the 4th of July than barbecue beans. This is yet another dish that everyone seems to have a favorite recipe for. Be sure to make plenty to share with all your guests as they often go quickly.

Deviled Eggs

Yet another dish that offers endless preparation possibilities and limitless flavor alike. These are popular because they are also served cool to help balance the soaring sun as the day goes on. They are a favorite with families as they can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator, so you’re not left doing all the food prep on the morning of the main event.


Nothing cools off the heat of the afternoon better than sweet ice-cold watermelon. It’s a cool treat that kids of all ages love to eat and it travels well. The added bonus is that they are usually abundant in supply this time of year and a very affordable snack to feed large crowds.

Homemade Ice Cream

Some people say that apple pie is the defacto American dessert. Others will argue, quite convincingly, that it is homemade ice cream instead. If you need a little more convincing about the ice cream vs. apple pie argument, walk into any supermarket in the country and compare the number of ice cream desserts for sale compared to the number of apple pies. However, some have made homemade ice cream an art form, perfecting recipes summer after summer to create a concoction that is as sinful as it is delicious, and no Independence Day celebration is complete without this sweet treat.

Of course, this is far too much amazing food for one home or kitchen to contain, which is why you might want to consider renting a party tent from American Tents and Party Rentals for your July 4th celebration. Keep the crowds, foods, thrills, chills, and spills outside and enjoy shade from the sun and shelter from the rain while you’re at it.


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