33 Festive 4th of July Recipes for a Crowd

It's almost the 4th of July! That time of year when all you can think about is red, white and blue any and everything. I've gathered some of my favorite Festive 4th of July recipes and more below. Get ready to have the BEST 4th ever!


Every party should start will some bite sized appetizers. These are some of my favorite to make for the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Fruit Wands

These are delicious and double as a fun activity for kids! Cut out star shaped watermelon, grab some blueberries and let your kids create their own fruit wand!

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American Flag Toast

Even 4th of July breakfast can be festive with this American Flag Toast that is so so cute! These also make a great appetizer (especially for the kids).

Watermelon Fries

My kids love when I slice up a watermelon into "fries"! Add these to a charcuterie board or eat them on their own!

Tomato Bruschetta 

Bruschetta is a staple at any gathering I have because it's so delicious. The flavor combo is out of this world!

Watermelon Star Bites 

These couldn't be easier to make and will add the festive 4th of July touch you're looking for. I love any reason to whip out my cookie cutters!

Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

Using the season's freshest produce is a must at any 4th of July get together!

Peach and Ricotta Crostini

This appetizer will leave your guests asking for the recipe! They'll be shocked to find out it's only three simple ingredients. 

Nacho Scoopers

Nacho Scoopers are the best way to make sure every bite of your nachos has all the best toppings. 

The Mains

Fire up the grill (or your oven and stove) and make these delicious entrees!

11 Mouthwatering Burgers

When I think of the 4th of July I think of grilling out in the backyard and making a delicious juicy burger. These 11 Mouthwatering Burgers have something for everyone in the family from meat eater to vegan. 

Broiled Salmon with Summer Fruit Salad

If burgers on the grill aren't your thing, this simple Broiled Salmon with Summer Fruit Salad should definitely be on your menu.

Chicken, Peach & Bell Pepper Skewers

Food is more fun when it's on a stick. It's just a fact! These skewers combine some of our faves all in one!

Blue Corn Chip Crusted Fish Sticks

These fish sticks use naturally blue chips to make this dish super festive for your 4th of July get together! 

Ultimate DIY Hot Dog Bar 

If you're having a party with a lot of people this DIY Hot Dog Bar is the way to go. Grill up a bunch of hot dogs and place all your favorite toppings out so everyone can make their own!

Slow-Cooked Green Chili Pork Tacos

Start your crock pot the morning of and have next level delicious tacos practically making themselves while you get the rest of meal ready to go!

Grilled Chicken, Vegetable and Avocado Salad Board

This is another DIY situation that's good for a crowd. Build a board with tons healthy of salad making ingredients! Don't forget the Citrus Herb Vinaigrette!

Pretzel Fried Chicken

A little crispy fried chicken never hurt anybody. This chicken is breaded in crushed pretzels to make the most satisfying crunch!

The Sides

Side dishes could arguably be the best part of any backyard hang. Make these for your 4th party and be the best host ever!

Summer Succotash Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is a classic summertime recipe which makes it a great dish to serve at 4th of July gatherings!

Classic Macaroni and Cheese 

I love making a huge dish of of mac and cheese for the 4th too. We can't resist that ooey gooey cheesy goodness!

Heirloom Tomato Salad 

This recipe will look beautiful on your table and is so good for you too!

Summer Fruit and Mozzarella Salad

Another gorgeous salad for your party! If you want these perfect watermelon balls, you should invest in a melon baller! I use mine all the time. 

Tomato Bread Salad

Fresh tomatoes are the best part of summer. This Tomato Bread Salad is one of my favorites to make for a backyard BBQ!

Summer Pasta Salad

Another classic pasta salad. You can't go wrong with this one!


I love making festive red, white and blue desserts for the 4th of July. They're super cute and delicious!

Red, White & Blue Pops

If we know anything about the month of July, it's that it is H-O-T! Cool down with these Red, White & Blue Pops

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

Use your favorite granola in these cute parfaits! They make a great festive breakfast too if you're looking for that. 

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Brownie Bites 

These brownie bites are delicious any time of year, but top them with some Coconut Whipped Cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries to give them a 4th of July twist!

Fourth of July Parfaits 

These parfaits are "heavenly" with their layers of angel food cake, fresh whipped cream and red and blue berries!

Strawberry Lemon Hand Pies 

Making these for dessert is a no brainer. Fresh juicy strawberries in a bite-sized crispy pie crust? What could be better? 

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

How cute are these? Obviously, ice cream and cookies are the ultimate dessert combo so everyone will love these!

Baked Nectarines with Honey Yogurt Sauce

There's nothing better than a juicy nectarine or peach on a hot summers day. These are baked and topped with a to die for Honey Yogurt Sauce. 

Dairy Free Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

Just because you're dairy free doesn't mean you can't enjoy a cold scoop of ice cream! Poolside ice cream is the best ice cream. 


Don't forget the drinks! These are family friendly, but feel free to add a little something extra for the adults. 

Fruity Mocktails 

These are a must at your Fourth of July party. Make them boozy if you want!

Watermelon Slushie

This drink is only 2 ingredients and perfect for a hot day in July!

Strawberry Lemonade

Nothing says summer quite like fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. 

I hope these Festive Fourth of July Recipes give you tons of inspiration for fun and easy cooking projects you can do together!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Sophie

    Thank you for posting so many fantastic vegetarian dishes, I will have to get all that ready for Tuesday!

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    • McCord

      Thank you so much for reading!

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