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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!
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!
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.
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, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony … “