It’s that time of year again! The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner, and for me, celebrating our country’s independence is synonymous with good people, fantastic fireworks and great food. From picnics to cookouts to fruity red, white and blue desserts, Americans love celebrating with delicious food!

See More: Celebrate the occasion with more patriotic stories. Learn about the Homegrown by Heroes program in Kentucky and how early settlers influenced Virginia’s agricultural history.

We’re bringing you tasty recipes that use in-season ingredients, are designed to cool you down, and feature our flag’s colors. What’s your favorite dish to make for the holiday? Does your family have a traditional Fourth of July meal? Let us know in the comments!

Sweet and creamy, Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshakes are the perfect way to cool down on a hot Fourth of July.

Add a kick to traditional burgers with zesty horseradish. Turkey is a leaner choice than red meat.

Fresh summer squash and tomatoes pair perfectly with couscous in this healthy side dish.

Show your patriotic pride with this deliciously sweet pie, featuring red and blue berries.

 

Dust off the grill and whip up a BLT-themed burger for your Fourth of July celebration.

Grilled sweet corn paired with grape tomatoes and green onions makes for the perfect summer salad.

Cool off with a refreshing glass of Mixed Berry Sangria, featuring three types of fresh berries.

Fresh tomatoes, eggplant and mozzarella cheese make for a tasty red, white and blue dish.

Sweet blueberries and black raspberries combine in this fresh fruit pie.

Take a note from the famous Hollyhock Hill restaurant in Indiana for delicious fried chicken.

12. Mixed Berry Meringues

Sweet and fluffy, top homemade meringues with fresh mixed berries.

13. Lemon Basil Potato Salad with Bacon

Use red, purple and white potatoes in this tasty twist on classic potato salad.

Flavorful, juicy pork burgers will be a welcome addition to the cookout.

Sweet-tart lemon berry popsicles are the tastiest way to cool off from the summer heat.

Blueberries, strawberries and spinach make for a delicious and healthy salad.

Hot Dog Trio

Hot Dog Recipes

No cookout is complete without hot dogs, and we’ve got a tasty trio including Vietnamese, Hawaiian and Chicago-style (plus a helpful video that shows you how to make them!).

Melon-Basted BBQ Ribs

Melon Basted BBQ Ribs

Sweet, summer melon is the star of this tasty ribs recipe.

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