It’s almost Independence Day – the celebration of summer and all things American! Something we are all grateful for.
So put out your blanket on a grassy hill to reserve a spot for your local fireworks celebration and bring a lawn chair down to Main Street so you have a nice view of the traditional, small-town Fourth of July Parade. You don’t want to miss the marching bands, the 4-H float, representatives from the local VFW, and kids on bicycles decorated with red, white, and blue streamers. Our forefathers may not have bought sparklers, fired up the barbecue grill, or headed to the beach in honor of our new country, but today there’s no better way to mark the patriotic day.
Like any great holiday, there are fabulous foods associated with the day. Grill up your favorite chicken, ribs, hamburgers or brats, add some corn on the cob, and celebrate with family and friends. Don’t forget to look for recipes that use locally grown produce – available in your neighborhood grocery store – lots of berries, cherries, herbs, corn, tomatoes, peas, beans, and zucchini are in season right now.
For a menu that includes a little red, white, and blue, try some of these great desserts and side dishes!
Red, White and Blue Menu Ideas for a Festive 4th of July
- Thanks to Bon Appétit and Epicurious, Potato salad gets a colorful make-over using three colors of potatoes!
- Here’s a patriotic spin on chips and dip from the Chefs at FoodNetwork!
- Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with patriotic looking and delicious tasting frozen treats. Try these “Firecracker Ice Pops”, they are sure to be a hit with all ages!
- And here’s a great finale to your picnic dinner, sparklers are optional!
Happy 4th of July! Send your patriotic food photos and we will post them!
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