40+ 4th of July Recipes Main, Side, Dessert + Drinks!

40+ 4th of July Recipes Main, Side, Dessert + Drinks!


If you’re hosting a 4th of July BBQ, check out this post for all the best recipes for the 4th of July! This collection contains all the best main dishes, side dishes, desserts and drinks for summer holiday parties.

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Tips for Hosting a Fourth of July BBQ

Are you entertaining friends and/or family on Independence Day? If so, we’d like to share some of the top tops for this year’s holiday BBQ. As always, we recommend making assignments so you don’t have to do everything. Most people are willing to help with food. 😉

  • Grill meat, fruits and vegetables. Charcoal marks add a unique grilled flavor.
  • Use a crock pot. You can still get delicious entrees and side dishes without spending time in an oven-hot kitchen.
  • Keep food cool outside: put the table in the shade, don’t take everything out at once, put the plate on ice, and cover the food.
  • Take the party outside and end the night with fireworks. Check out this post on fireworks safety.
  • See the individual recipe posts for more tips and tricks on cooking these delicious dishes.

4th of July BBQ Recipes + Main Course

BBQ is the best choice for 4th of July food, but there are other options too!

But first, plan on ½ pound of meat per person. If you know some guests have bigger appetites, or if you want to make sure you have leftovers, plan on ¾ pound per person. For burger plans, 1-2 per adult and 1 per child. Hot Dog Program 1-2 servings per child and 2-3 servings per adult.

Main Dish Pulled Pork Recipe

This delicious Easy Pulled Pork recipe is made in the slow cooker and ready in minutes. Use pork in any recipe, including pulled pork sandwiches, and you’ll love how easy and delicious it is.

Total time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Main Dish Kalua Pork Recipe

This Slow Cooker Kaluua Pork is a Hawaiian favorite and can be easily made in a slow cooker with just a few ingredients. Eat it on its own, or in a taco or slider.

Total time: 9 hours 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Main Dish Carnitas

Carnitas AKA Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork takes minutes to prepare and is perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and more!

Check out this recipe for how to cook a hot dog in a crock pot

The easiest way to make hot dogs for a crowd! Cook hot dogs in a crock pot for all your summer potluck needs.

Total time: 2 hours 2 minutes

Check out this recipe for Main Course Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwich with juicy grilled pineapple, red onion and crisp lettuce is perfect for summer entertaining!

Total time: 25 minutes

Check out this recipe for Entree Ranch Burger Recipe

These ranch burgers are the best homemade burgers! ! This easy burger recipe is served with the most delicious secret sauce and goes perfectly with ranch burgers!

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for Entree Easy Steak Marinade Recipe

This is our favorite steak marinade! It only takes four ingredients and makes our steak taste so good! Everyone always asks for this easy steak marinade recipe because it’s just so good! !

Total time: 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Entree Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

Ribs cooked with Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and coated with BBQ sauce. These Dr Pepper Ribs are delicious falling off the bone!

Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Check out this recipe for Main Dish Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

This Grilled Chicken Huli Huli is the juiciest and tastiest Hawaiian chicken you’ll ever try! Great on its own or with rice or noodles! !

Total time: 21 minutes

Check out this recipe for Entree Mustard Chicken and Pineapple Skewers Recipe

Sweet or spicy mustard chicken and pineapple skewers are tender and juicy. They’re an easy and delicious recipe that’s perfect for your next BBQ!

Total time: 4 hours 25 minutes

side dish

Assigning edges is the easiest thing to do, especially since most of them are very simple. Whether it’s vegetables, fruit, slow cookers or salads, guests will be happy to help.

Note that most adults will have around 3-4 servings of side dishes in total. Children will have 2-3 servings.

Be sure to check out our full 4th of July side dish collection.

Side Dish Fruit Kebabs Recipe

Colorful Fruit Kebabs are the perfect appetizer or side dish for any occasion! Load up on your favorite fruit and grab a snack.

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for side dish how to cook corn on the cob

Cooking corn on the cob is a piece of cake! You’ll love this juicy corn cobs on the side of any summer meal.

Total time: 15 minutes

Check out this recipe for Salad Potato Salad Recipe

Our all time favorite potato salad – easy, delicious and filled with potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any barbecue or picnic, and it’s creamy and delicious and will wow anyone who has tried it.

Total time: 55 minutes

Check out this recipe for Salad, Side Macaroni Salad Recipe

An easy creamy pasta salad with pasta, peas and ham. It’s perfect for parties, family meals and potlucks!

Total time: 18 minutes

Check out this recipe for side dish how to cut watermelon

Is there anything better than a ripe, juicy watermelon? Learn how to cube watermelon efficiently and easily with our tips!

Check out this recipe for salad corn salad recipe

This Summer Corn Salad is a light and tasty salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil, and cucumbers. It’s super easy and quick and perfect for parties and barbecues.

Total time: 7 minutes

Check out this recipe for Side Dish Homemade Baked Beans

This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have for all of our BBQ places. This is such a simple and easy recipe that requires only five ingredients to cook in a crock pot.

Total time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Side Dish Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is the best side dish in almost any dinner recipe! Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little parmesan cheese – this recipe is amazing!

Total time: 8 minutes

Check out this recipe for side dish coleslaw recipe

This quick and easy coleslaw is the perfect side dish for any picnic or barbecue. This classic coleslaw recipe can be put together in minutes and easily customized to your favorite spices and flavors.

Total time: 10 minutes

Check out this recipe for Appetizing Baked Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

This recipe was inspired by one of our favorite Disneyland foods – Bengali BBQ Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers! These kebabs only require 4 ingredients and grill in less than 10 minutes!

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe

This Sunshine Broccoli Salad is an easy, delicious, hearty broccoli salad with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and a delicious homemade mayo vinaigrette dressing that’s perfect for barbecues and parties.

Total time: 10 minutes

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dessert

No one forgets desserts for festive events! We try to stick to fruity or cool foods as they are especially delicious when warm.

Plan to have two desserts per guest. The more dessert options, the less each dessert you have to make.

Check out our full 4th of July dessert collection.

Dessert Fruit Pizza Recipe

The best fruit pizza recipe ever! Super soft cookie dough topped with pineapple cream cheese frosting and topped with your favorite fruit!

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for dessert red, white and blue trifles recipe

The perfect dessert for the fourth tier – red, white and blue biscuits. The recipe includes white cake mix, red and blue food coloring, white chocolate pudding, cool whip, and strawberries.

Total time: 40 minutes

Dessert Patriotic Road Mix Recipe

The sweet and crunchy Patriotic Trail Mix is ​​filled with sugar-coated cereal and mini marshmallows, licorice and M&Ms.

Total time: 10 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Patriotic Pudding Cups Recipe

Make a fun and festive treat for your 4th of July party with this patriotic pudding cup recipe! Layers of smooth creamy red, white and blue pudding topped with summer Oreos. Kids love making these pudding cups as much as they love eating them!

Total time: 25 minutes

Dessert 4th of July Crispy Rice Krispies Recipe

Delicious, easy, and quick 4th of July Crispy Rice Krispies are always a hit and perfect for any patriotic occasion.

Total time: 10 minutes

Check out this recipe for dessert red and white blueberry cupcakes recipe

Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes – the perfect patriotic treat for your next BBQ or picnic!

Total time: 28 minutes

Dessert Jelly Poke Cake Recipe

I love jelly poke cakes! I used raspberries here, but you could easily make a cherry or strawberry cake.

Total time: 35 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

This Oreo Ice Cream Cake is the perfect no-bake dessert on warm summer days. Best of all, it only requires 5 simple store-bought ingredients! No one can resist the layers of crumbled Oreos, cookies and cream ice cream, hot fudge, cool whip and more Oreos!

Total time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe

The best cream puff cake ever! ! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a fluffy crust, layers of pudding and whipped cream, and is often drizzled with chocolate.

Total time: 35 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Angel Food Ice Cream Cake is creamy, light and refreshing, made with layers of angel food cake and your favorite ice cream flavor. A delicious treat that freezes to make the perfect frozen dessert!

Total time: 8 hours 45 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Get this ice cream sandwich cake ready in 5 minutes! It’s perfect for hot summer days and your kids will love it. Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches with Whipped Cream and Crushed Oreos!

Total time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe

Easy, light, and refreshing Strawberry Shortcake Bars are the perfect summer dessert. It’s a seasonal favorite and a tempting treat!

Total time: 3 hours 25 minutes

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Drink

Don’t forget the drinks!

Plan to mix enough drinks for guests to enjoy 1 serving per hour of the party. Be sure to have water and a punch.

Be sure to check out our full lineup of drinks for the 4th of July.

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipes

The best homemade lemonade recipes include sprite and pineapple juice for extra flavor. Refreshing!

Total time: 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for the best strawberry lemonade

The best strawberry lemonade filled with your favorite fruits including strawberries, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe and watermelon!

Total time: 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Pink Punch Recipe

Favorite party drink of all time – this Pink Drink Recipe (aka Baby Shower Punch) takes a minute to make and is made with 3 ingredients including – Pink Lemonade Dry Mix, Sprite and Pineapple Juice!

Total time: 3 minutes

Check out this recipe for Sonic Ocean Water Recipe

Replica Sonic Ocean Water – Simple and refreshing to make! It’s perfect for parties or hot summer days!

Total time: 5 minutes

Check out this recipe for Drink Mint Juleps Recipe (non-alcoholic)

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