Fireworks and sparklers are fun, but our favorite part of Independence Day is definitely the food and drink. A great cookout needs a balanced of mains, sides, drinks, and desserts. To help you prepare, we’ve gone through our recipes to put together eight awesome 4th of July menus.
It’s fitting to cooking a meal of American classics on the most patriotic day of the year. We recommend a loaded cheeseburger as a centerpiece, with grilled corn, potato salad, cornbread, and green beans on the side. Finish the meal with a buttery blueberries crisp. Our watermelon cooler takes the classic summer fruit and spikes it with tequila and a Scotch bonnet pepper-infused simple syrup.
In New England and down the Eastern Seaboard, summer is the time for clambakes. This dramatic, festive cookout is a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. The concept is simple—dig a pit on the beach, build a slow fire, and bury layers of food and seaweed. Part of the fun is deciding what food to use. Clams are of course traditional, but also consider mussels, crabs, and lobsters, plus corn and potatoes.
Aren’t able to cook on the 4th of July? No problem—we’ve got plenty of make-ahead dishes that you can bring along to a grill-free picnic. You’ll be tempted to eat our fried chicken straight out of the oil, but it’s great cold. On the side try our spicy, cheesy cornbread and Tennessee-style mustard coleslaw.
Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of 4th of July menus.