Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun picnic ideas, delicious barbecue recipes and patriotic desserts!
Celebrate the spirit of independence by reinventing the frozen treat on a stick!
Give everyone's favorite Tex-Mex appetizer a patriotic makeover.
Sweet and juicy watermelon is standard fare on the Fourth, but why settle for a slice when you can go for a split?
Red currant jelly and red curry paste lend a touch of sweet heat to an all-American classic.
These rabble-rousers are a blast to make and eat!
Rally the kiddie corps to help with these fun-to-prep bites.
Wave the flag proudly — then feed the troops!
Tossed in fresh lime juice and garnished with mint, this combination of juicy strawberries, diced apples, and fresh blueberries makes a refreshing treat on its own. Spoon it over vanilla ice cream, and you've got an instant and irresistible dessert.
This jazzed-up version of the traditional cucumber and tomato salad is a great accompaniment to any grilled meat.
The Liberty Torch is a sweet addition to any Independence Day gathering.
Few people make cheesecake, because it has a reputation for being difficult to bake. The truth is, this crowd-pleaser is easy to prepare. The raspberry sauce and blueberries provide just the right fruity tartness -- and a festive look.
These cookies are perfect for the Fourth of July.
This traditional English dessert is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat.
Here's the trick to pouring a refreshing red, white, and blue summer drink.
Here's a tasty twist on fajitas that replaces hard-to-find skirt steak with equally appetizing pork tenderloin.
This brightly colored party punch can be dressed up with an optional wreath of frozen berries and (for those who like its distinctive licorice flavor) bits of floating star anise.
Cool off with this pretty little pop star.
This sunny pasta salad is a hit with kids and parents alike. Other fresh herbs, such as chopped dill or oregano, may be substituted for the tarragon.
One way to make a splash this Fourth of July is by treating your kids to tall glasses of Patriot's Punch.
Tortillas make a stellar snack that's also a festive treat for July 4th.
Versatile and delicious, this grill-top recipe created by food writer Judith Fertig is about as easy as they come.
In summertime, blueberry pies crop up across America, but a truly special pie -- like this one with a lemony berry filling and a crust decorated with stars -- is worth celebrating.
Easy and festive, these frozen pops are surefire cool-off July 4th hits.
This Asian-inspired recipe straight out of food editor Ken Haedrich's kitchen may be the perfect cookout finger food.
This recipe gives potato salad a lively update by inviting in rich avocado, salty prosciutto, and tart tomatoes.
This 4th of July, invite your kids to turn ice cream cones into edible, festive Uncle Sam top hats.
This salsa, which relies on the full, slightly sweet flavor of ripe summer tomatoes, is so simple to prepare, you may never buy the jarred version again.
Send your family's taste buds soaring with a nest of these bald eagle treats. To make half a dozen, follow the recipe below.
Served with homemade blueberry sauce and fresh fruit, this layered ice cream loaf is a culinary nod to Old Glory and a sweet, summery ending to any Independence Day meal.
This was the sort of spiffed-up burger a guy can actually prepare without gourmet credentials.
For a healthy finale to your Fourth of July gathering, serve this red, white, and blue treat.
Greet guests with vegetable crudités and a creamy yogurt-based dip plus scallions curled to look like fireworks.
In this recipe, half the marinade is used to flavor the meat and vegetables. The other half is whisked with peanut butter to create a tasty dipping sauce -- a fun job that kids can lend a hand with.
Celebrate the red, white, and blue with this treat made from fresh fruit.
Made with red, white, and blue spuds, this potato salad is as American as apple pie.
Spangled Sandwich Pops
Nation's B-day Nachos
Banana Split With a Twist
Red, Hot, and Blue Wings
She's a Grand Old Lasagna
Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Salad
Cucumber and Grilled Tomato Salad
Lady Liberty Cupcakes
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake
Summer Berry Trifle
Sparkling Star Punch
Watermelon Pop Stars
Pasta Salad with Fresh Herbs
Frosty Fireworks (Flavored Ice)
Crispy Cheese Stars
Grilled Packet Potatoes
Star-studded Blueberry Pie
Coconut Chicken Wings
Party-in-a Bowl Potato Salad
Uncle Sam Ice Cream Cones
Independence Day Salsa & Chips
Red, White, and Blue Delight
Fireworks Crudites With Parmesan Dip
Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Asparagus with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Patriotic Potato Salad