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100+ Recipe Ideas For a Safe & Sunny 4th of July

Yes, believe it or not, the 4th of July is this weekend, and it probably won’t be the same as years past. But that’s not to say you can’t put together an enjoyable backyard barbecue with a few friends, and s’mores. Definitely don’t forget the s’mores.

Whether you want to put together an entire 4th of July spread or just want to savor your favorite barbecue treats, we’ve put together a list of recipes and resources to prep for a safe and sunny (or PNW style rainy) 4th of July.

Red White & Blue Recipes

If the 4th of July is your favorite holiday, you know how to do red, white, and blue food.

Here are some of our favorite 4th of July-themed dishes.

Red, White & Blue Popsicles

red white blue popsicles

Here’s the perfect popsicle to enjoy with your family on the 4th of July!

These are also super simple to make, only call for 3 ingredients, and don’t require any added sugar.

Many red, white, and blue popsicle recipes call for you to layer the colors, making it a time-consuming recipe.

But here, everything is mixed in but you still get that color combination you’re looking for.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Stars and Stripes Sandwiches

stars and stripes sandwiches

Here’s a healthy and delicious red, white, and blue open-face sandwich recipe!

Make these as a mid-day snack or fruity breakfast if you’re having a low-key celebration this year.

These would also be a fun edible art activity for kiddos if the sun decides not to show up to the party!

Find the full recipe at Welcome to the Table

Lemon Curd with Berries

lemon curd with berries

If you’re looking for a simple dessert to enjoy after savoring BBQ food all day, consider this lemon curd with festive berries on top!

This dessert is light and airy, and won’t make you feel too full or heavy at the end of the night.

This recipe features currants, blueberries, and blackberries, but we highly recommend adding in some sweet, local strawberries to the mix.

Find the full recipe at Bon Appetit

Fourth of July Mixed Berry Cobbler

4th july cobbler

If you aren’t having family over, you’ll want to size this recipe down (or maybe you won’t?), but seriously, how cute is this cobbler?!

The filling includes a bunch of fresh berries including blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, but you might as well add some in-season strawberries, too!

The stars on top are made out of homemade biscuits that are cut in the shape of stars and fluff up after they’re baked.

Find the full recipe at Fine Cooking

Chopped Roasted Beet & Blue Cheese Salad

beet and blue cheese salad

While this recipe isn’t really blue or red in color, it features blue cheese and beets, so we’re totally counting it.

With fresh dill and sliced scallions, this salad is herby and full of different textures and flavors.

Serve it alongside your grilled chicken, steak, burgers, or ribs.

Find the full recipe at Fine Cooking

Backyard BBQ Recipes

If you’re having a small backyard BBQ this year, we’ve compiled a list of some of our recipe blog posts that are full of grilling inspiration.

Backyard Grilling Recipes

fire and grill grates

Here’s your go-to resource for grilling all sorts of different meats and veggies.

We put together 20 different grilling recipes to help up your 4th of July cooking creativity.

20 Backyard Grilling Recipes For Those Sunny PNW Days

Burger Recipes

burgers on the grill

Burgers and hot dogs. What’s more 4th of July than that? But skip the pre-made frozen patties and try your hand at making your own craft burger!

Whether you take your burgers overloaded with toppings or simple with tomato and lettuce, here are the best burger burger recipes we could get our hands on.

20 Burger Recipes for Backyard Barbecues

Kebab Recipes

meat kebabs and veggies

Kebabs are absolutely delicious, especially when they’re cooked to perfection.

Our kebab recipe blog post has recipes for chicken, beef, veggie, tofu, and even fruit!

10 Kebab Recipes For Summer BBQs

Chicken Breast Recipes

Grilled chicken breast is always a great go-to for any backyard BBQ. With the right marinade recipe, cooking method, and patience, you can create a totally delectable chicken breast that locks flavor and moisture in. Here are some of our favorites!

20 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes

Salad & Side Dish Recipes

While the BBQ food is definitely the center of attention on the 4th of July, it’s not the only dish that deserves to grace the picnic table.

Salads and side dishes are just as important, because local fruits and veggies are one of the best parts of summer!

Summer Side Salads

strawberry salad

If you’re going to be eating a bunch of meat and carbs, you might as well eat some salad too. Because life is all about balance!

For 4th of July in particular, we recommend going with a recipe that features the best produce of the season: strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, and watermelon.

25 Side Salads for Summer Dinners

Watermelon Recipes

Nothing says summer quite like a slice of fresh watermelon.

And while you can certainly enjoy watermelon by itself, if you want to try something new, we’ve put together some of our favorite watermelon recipes including salads, drinks, and desserts.

Or, just slice it up and serve it on a plate. Either way, your people will be excited to see the first melon of summer.

25 Delicious & Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

Strawberry Recipes


Another fruit that’s oh-so summer are strawberries! They’re even better when theyr’e local!

As with most summer fruit, strawberries are so sweet and delectable that you can certainly enjoy them without mixing them into a fancy dessert.

But with that said, who doesn’t like a strawberry-loaded dessert?

17 Strawberry Recipes To Enjoy Delectably Sweet In-Season Berries

Salsa Recipes

roasted tomato salsa

Salsa isn’t just for chips! It should be invited to every BBQ table because it pairs so well with almost anything you throw on the grill!

Top steak with a healthy portion of pico de Gallo or add fresh mango salsa to the top of grilled chicken.

Or, pick up your favorite brand of tortilla chips and whip up a few different salsas to create a zesty appetizer!

15 Fresh Salsa Recipes

Dessert Recipes

And no backyard party is a real party without dessert! Looking for a quick, easy dessert idea? Snag a pint of local strawberries, chop them up to put on top of our housemade shortcake, and spoon up a huge dollop of homemade whip cream for the finishing touch. Bing-bang-boom! It’ll be more ooh-and-aah worthy than last year’s fireworks.

But, of course, if you’re in the mood to put something together, check out these trendy dessert recipes.

Ice Pop Recipes

Cool, refreshing, and perfect on a summer night, ice pops are everyone’s favorite summer treat.

Ice pops are easy to make and the only special supplies you’ll need are some molds!

13 Refreshing Ice Pop Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Ice Cream Float Recipes

There’s something classic about a root beer float, and that makes them the perfect dessert to celebrate the 4th of July!

But ice cream floats don’t have to require root beer, or ice cream for that matter. We found 10 of the most unique ice cream float recipes that incorporate everything from sorbet and rose wine to iced coffee and vanilla ice cream.

10 Unique Ice Cream Floats to Sip All Summer

By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.