With only a few days left until the 4th of July, you might still be thinking about what to bring to the 4th of July party. Don’t worry! From festive sweet treats to classic barbecue foods, these recipes are sure to impress your friends and family as you get together to celebrate Independence Day. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking today and make this Independence Day one that everyone will remember fondly!

Red, White, and Blue Recipes

Would it really be a 4th of July celebration without some kind of red, white, and blue-themed food? We don’t think so. Here are a few red, white, and blue recipe ideas that are sure to bring the patriotic spirit to any party. 

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

If you’re looking for something extremely quick and easy to throw together for your gathering, then this recipe is for you.


  • 4 large apples
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 1 pound blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Make sure to wash all of your produce before you start assembling the salad. After all of the produce has been washed, cut your apples into roughly ½-inch chunks and cut your strawberries into about ⅛-inch thick pieces. Add all of the produce to a bowl and toss with the lemon juice. It’s as simple as that!

Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

A colorful poke cake is a great way to take your 4th of July dessert to the next level. Making a poke cake is also actually pretty simple and usually doesn’t require too many complicated ingredients.


  • 1 package of white cake mix
  • 1 package (3oz) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 package (3oz) berry blue gelatin
  • 1 quart strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 tub of whipped topping

Start by preparing your white cake mix (follow package instructions). Once your white cake is out of the oven, use the end of a wooden spoon (or straw) to poke several holes all over the top of the cake. Prepare your gelatin according to package directions. Once the gelatin is dissolved, drizzle both over the top of your cake making sure to pour over the holes.

Tip: Pour a row of blue, then a row of red, and keep alternating to get an even mix of red and blue in the cake. Make sure to go over each row 2-3 times so that the color shows up well.

Next, spread the tub of whipped topping on your cake and top with rows of strawberries and blueberries. Chill for at least 4 hours, serve, and enjoy!

4th of July Snack Party Mix

This easy and fun recipe is perfect for snacking on at any independence day party! This recipe is relatively simple and requires only a few ingredients.


  • Chex Cereal (6 cups rice or corn)
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (4 cups)
  • Mini Pretzels (4 cups)
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts (2 cups)
  • Vanilla Almond Bark (24oz)
  • Red, White, and Blue Plain M&M’s (2 cups)
  • Red, White, and Blue Jimmies Sprinkles (3 tablespoons)

The best part about this recipe is that it comes together in just 3 easy steps.

  1. Toss together both of the cereals, pretzels, peanuts, and 1 cup of M&M’s in a very large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the almond bark according to the directions on the package. Once it is melted, pour it into the mixing bowl and gently mix to coat the dry ingredients.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a sheet of wax paper, sprinkle with more M&M’s and sprinkles, and let it cool. Once it is completely cooled, break it into small pieces for serving, and enjoy!

American Flag Pie

American Flag Pie is the perfect dessert for any patriotic celebration. Making a pie from scratch can be a little intimidating, but this recipe by House of Nash Eats provides all of the in-depth instructions that you need to make your own Old Glory American Flag Pie.

Food Ideas & Side Dishes

In addition to red, white, and blue-themed dishes, no 4th of July party is complete without these classic bbq items! Here’s a list of food ideas and side dishes to include on your 4th of July menu:

  • Deviled Eggs
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Peach Cobbler with Whipped Cream
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ice Cream
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad

Regardless of what you bring to the party or how you choose to celebrate, have a safe and fun 4th of July!

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