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These 4th of July food & party ideas are fireworks-worthy! 🎆

USA balloons for 4th of july party

Our 4th of July party ideas will get you feeling festive!

Get ready for July 4th with these fun and festive party ideas. Our delicious 4th of July recipes and fun activities will make your party a celebration to remember. Have a safe and happy holiday!

4th of July Appetizers

Frozen Watermelon On A Stick

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It isn’t summer without watermelon, and this crowd-pleasing treat couldn’t be easier to prepare! It’s one of our tried and true 4th of July food ideas.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Add a little spice to your holiday with this balanced and creamy dip!

Baked Taco Dip

baked taco dip topped with lettuce and olives

Taco dip is a party favorite. There are rarely leftovers when we serve this scrumptious snack!

Keto-Friendly Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

keto apricot glazed meatballs

This protein-filled Crockpot appetizer packs a flavorful punch. It’s sweet AND savory!

4th of July Side Dishes

Easy Summer Corn Salad

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Sink your teeth into some sweet corn this summer. We love this take on a simple corn salad!

Pineapple Fluff Fruit Salad

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Whip up this tropical side dish in under 10 minutes. It’s a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Mexican Street Corn

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When butter simply won’t do, take on this twist of a classic summer BBQ staple by adding in cojita cheese, lime juice, and spices.

4th of July Main Dishes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

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You can’t get more American than a sloppy joe! This popular dish takes just 10 minutes.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Handheld sandwiches are the perfect party food, and these ham and cheese sliders are always a hit. They are one of our favorite 4th of July party ideas! Try our keto version too!

Prefer ground beef to ham? We have a hamburger sliders recipe that feeds a crowd!

30-Minute Pressure Cooker Ribs

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These mouth-watering ribs will be the talk of your party. Pop them in the pressure cooker and they’re done in just 30 minutes!

New York Style Hot Dog On A Pickle

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Celebrate the holiday with an American staple. This scrumptious idea turns a classic recipe into a keto-friendly entree.

Restaurant-Style Black Bean Burgers

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This yummy vegetarian recipe will have you begging for more! This black bean burger tastes just like it came from a restaurant.

Craving real beef? Don’t miss out on our Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Burger recipe!

4th of July Desserts

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

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Kids and adults will love these refreshing popsicles made with fresh strawberries. You only need 3 ingredients!

Award-Winning Strawberry Cake

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Impress your guests with this award-winning strawberry cake! This bright-colored dessert will look perfect with your red, white, and blue decorations!

Blueberry Cheesecake

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This blueberry cheesecake is beautiful, decadent, and deceptively easy to make. It’s impossible not to love the buttery graham cracker crust!

4th of July Patriotic Trifle

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This patriotic trifle is one of the most photogenic 4th of July party foods. Best of all, it feeds a crowd!

Sugar-Free Snow Cones

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Bring the 4th of July carnival to your house with this kid-friendly snow cone recipe! It’s one of our easiest 4th of July party ideas.

4th of July Drinks

Easy Strawberry Lemonade

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This thirst-quenching beverage is ideal for summertime. It’s the perfect red drink to go with a 4th of July theme. Try our original recipe or make it keto-friendly.

Prefer soda to lemonade? Don’t forget to try our strawberry cream soda recipe!

White Claw Alcohol Slushie

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This fun hard seltzer slushie recipe lets you be creative with your flavors. For red and “blue”-colored drinks, try the strawberry mango or black cherry versions!

Red, White, and Blue Mocktail

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Wow your guests this Fourth of July when you serve a photo-worthy beverage like this red, white, and blue lemonade and cranberry apple juice mocktail. This divine drink can be made alcoholic with a splash of vodka or kept non-alcoholic for the kids.

Bonus! 4th of July Activities

DIY Pallet Flag

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Keep the 4th of July fun going with a family-friendly craft. This DIY pallet flag makes a fun project. Display it during the summer or keep it up year-round!

Firework Art

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Make a keepsake to remember the holiday. This firework art is super easy to create using straws and paint. It’s a fun way to keep kids entertained this 4th of July!

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  1. WestbergFive

    These are all great ideas! Thank you for the list. We set up an annual Fourth of July obstacle course in our yard. We welcome all friends and neighbors (both kids and adults) to go thru the course. The last station we have lots of songs with USA, red, white, blue etc on folded up pieces of paper. They have to draw a song and sing one line of the song. It is so fun! Everyone that finishes the course gets to pick a prize. They love it!♥️💙🤍

    • Lori

      Your obstacle course sounds like so much fun! Love that adults and kids get involved.

    • truckinjill

      That is awesome. I love it.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Thanks so much for taking the time to share how you celebrate – it sounds like your friends and neighbors have so much fun! ❤️

  2. Monique

    Thanks for the ideas super cool!

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