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Patriotic Recipes to Celebrate Independence Day

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Celebrate Independence Day in style with some festive recipes, including Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa—and Star-Spangled Berry Pie for dessert. You’ll also find burgers, ribs, our prizewinning fried chicken, and patriotic desserts to top off any great meal!

Fourth of July Recipes

Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa

Our Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa will be a huge hit for any festive occasion, especially a patriotic one!

Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa
Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa

Star-Spangled Berry Pie

This one-crust “Star-Spangled Berry Pie” is the ultimate Independence Day dessert! Ripe raspberries and blueberries are topped with stars; a white chocolate layer on the bottom takes this over the top!

Star-Spangled Berry Pie
Star-Spangled Berry Pie

Fried Chicken Recipe: First Prize

We taste-tested a lot of fried chicken—and this recipe won first prize in our annual Almanac recipe contest! It’s delicious, crispy, and moist. What more could you want?

Fried Chicken Recipe: First Prize
Fried Chicken Recipe: First Prize

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles

Celebrate the festivities with these chocolate sandwich cookies decked out in red, white, and blue. Great dessert for any patriotic holiday!

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles
Photo Credit: S. Perreault

 

Summer Sliders

Our super summer sliders are a gourmet-level burger for a burger chef and a special feast. If it’s too gourmet for you, we also have a basic burger recipe. 

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Summer Sliders
Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

This festive Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake is the perfect dessert for celebrating any patriotic holiday.

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Grilled Veggie Platter Recipe

Vegetables taste best when cooked on the grill, and this Grilled Veggie Platter recipe is simple and versatile. 

Grilled Veggie Platter Recipe
Grilled Veggie Platter Recipe

Yogurt-Blueberry Parfaits

How about a yummy dessert or snack for an afternoon treat? Trade-off layers of blue and red berries for a more patriotic look!

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Yogurt-Blueberry Parfaits
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

 

Grilled Steak Tips with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Marinade

There’s nothing like juicy grilled steak tips in the summer—and the flavors in this savory brown sugar/soy/bourbon marinade are delicious!

Steak tips recipe. Photo by Lee Smith/Shutterstock
Grilled Steak Tips with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Marinade
Photo Credit: Lee Smith/Shutterstock

Baby Back Ribs With Coffee Spice Rub

These Baby Back Ribs with Coffee Spice Rub are made with a unique coffee rub mixture that features a hint of cocoa.

Baby Back Ribs With Coffee Spice Rub
Baby Back Ribs With Coffee Spice Rub

Berry Iced Tea 

Nothing beats this Berry Iced Tea on a hot, humid day. It’s the perfect way to quench your thirst during berry season. Feel free to experiment with different berries!

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Berry Iced Tea 
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Berry Tart with Blackberry Sage Creme Anglaise 

This berry tart is simple to make and looks stunning. Start with a tart shell, which you can make or buy. Then spread a pastry cream in the shell and top with mixed berries of your choice!

Berry Tart with Blackberry Sage Creme Anglaise
Berry Tart with Blackberry Sage Creme Anglaise 
Photo Credit: merc67/Shutterstock

Red, White, and Blue Sundae

There’s nothing like an America ice cream sundae on the 4th of July—or, any summer day! 

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Red, White, and Blue Sundae

More Fourth of July Recipes

Summer Drinks

Discover a collection of refreshing, cool drinks and punch to quench your thirst on a hot July day! See our Summer Drinks Recipe page.

Cold Picnic Food Recipes

Planning a picnic? From refreshing drinks to finger food to salads, we’ve got you covered. See our list of cold picnic food recipes

Potato Salad with chicken and green beans. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
Potato Salad with chicken and green beans. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Grilling Recipes

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to break out the grill! Check out our top grilling tips and recipes for ideas on what to cook up this holiday weekend!

History of Independence Day

In the United States, July 4 marks the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

Writing in July 1776 from Philadelphia, John Adams related to his wife, Abigail: “Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, whichever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony … “

→ Take a moment to read a brief history of Independence Day.

What’s your favorite 4th of July food? Let us know in the comments!

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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