Independence Day is prime time for barbecues, cookouts, picnics—basically any event that gathers friends and family around lots and lots of food (most likely grilled!). Whether you want to stick with the classic burgers and hot dogs, go upscale with steaks and seafood (who doesn't love a good surf and turf?), or serve platters of grilled chicken and vegetables this Fourth of July, we've got tried-and-true recipes at your service. And don't forget about the side dishes—no Independence Day spread is complete without potato and pasta salads, coleslaw, and plenty of watermelon. Dessert shouldn't be an afterthought, either: make a pie with peak-season cherries or a crisp with blueberries and gild the lily with some homemade vanilla ice cream—it is a holiday, after all.