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Dishes for the Perfect Patriotic Party

With the sun shining, the grill sizzling, and plenty of friends and family enjoying the day, Independence Day is the height of the summer entertaining season. Plus, the day is capped off by brilliant fireworks. What could be better?

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, no small thanks in part to the food! With the sun shining, the grill sizzling, and plenty of friends and family enjoying the day, it’s the height of the summer entertaining season. Plus, the day is capped off by brilliant fireworks. What could be better?

I like to make sure there is plenty of food to nosh on before the fireworks start, so I plan my patriotic menu well in advance. Entertaining in summer means a relaxed vibe, so be sure to do what prep work you can ahead of time and relax with a cold one on the Fourth, rather than be stuck in the kitchen.

Here are my favorite dishes for a great Fourth of July cookout.

Blueberry-Herb Lemonade Punch recipe
Beef and Bulgur Burgers
Pasta Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables
Refrigerator Pickled Slaw
Summer Baked Beans
Sausage on a Bun with Pickle Pepper Relish
BLT Deviled Eggs
Grilled Potato Salad
Watermelon and Strawberry Salad with Chile Vinaigrette
Cherry Pie

Cherry PieWhat are you making this Fourth of July?

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