Apparently July 4th is right around the corner? As in 2 weeks away?! If the calendar says so, it must be so but I can’t believe it. If you are like me and this patriotic Summer has snuck right up on you here is a round-up of the best Fourth of July food and drinks from around the inter webs.
Fourth of July Cocktails
Let’s start with cocktail hour, because mama needs a libation!
Honestly, there is no bad season or occasion for a mule. This recipe for a star-spangled mule from Inspired by charm looks so delish.
This cool cocktail featuring Blue Curacoa looks perfect for sipping at a bbq or both pool. Grab the recipe for this fourth of July cocktail from The Toasty Kitchen here.
I love this firecracker punch from Boulder locavore. Punch is such an easy way to pre-prep a big batch of cocktails with very minimal work. Plus, punch is super festive.
This Fourth of July punch recipe from Southern Living is packed with juicy watermelon and there is nothing more summery than that.
Non-alcoholic Fourth of July Drinks
These non-alcoholic drinks will be favorites of kids and adults alike.
This red and blue slushy has a secret ingredient that makes it stay frozen longer in the hot sun. Grab the recipe for this festive frozen drink here from Some Of This And That.
Fourth of July Milkshakes anyone? Yes, please. Grab this sweet treat recipe from Pint Sized Baker right here
If you love Sonic’s famous “Ocean water” drink, you can make your own with this recipe from baking beauty.
Beverage Tip: I also love to freeze some blueberries and raspberries in ice cubes for the 4th of July for any drinks I serve. They make even water or club soda holiday ready.
Fourth of July Menu Ideas
I always like to keep Summer menus easy and simple, making sure I have some classics on the table and a one or two new things I find on Pinterest or on my favorite blogs.
First up I’m sharing this packed post from the Pioneer Woman because she does these big ‘ol holiday menu idea posts so well. Check out these awesome ideas for classic Fourth of July Menu ideas (these are especially for you if you are having people over or heading to a potluck and need a dish for a crowd)
This sweet and simple Fourth of July menu from Little Things is perfect if you are celebrating small this year (this also makes a fun and easy Summer weekend menu anytime as well.)
Definitely check out this round-up of 60 Fourth of July Menu Ideas from Pure WOW-. They feature a ton of great choices and some lighter salads and sides ideas.
Fourth of July chicken recipes
Whether you grill it, kebob it, or turn it into a salad, chicken recipes always make an appearance on Summer holiday tables.
Check out these 29 Fourth of July chicken recipes from Homemade Recipes- definitely something for every chicken-lover here.
This slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe from The Kitchn saves grill space and still doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Perfect for puled chicken Sammies that are always a crowd pleaser. For an extra kick serve them topped with this spicy slaw.
Fourth of July side dishes and appetizers
Cook Smarts recipes have some gorgeous light and yummy side dishes and appetizers here that are perfect for your Fourth celebration.
This star spangled watermelon salad will be a huge hit with kiddos. Grab the recipe here from best recipe box.
These Mexican street corn cob “bites” from SO Fab Food are a must-make for my next grill-out and would be perfect for an appetizer or a side dish.
So many of my friends love chicken dips and bring them to parties often. This Patriotic version from Hungry Happenings will make the perfect Fourth of July Appetizer.
Fourth of July Desserts
We can’t do a Fourth of July menu round up without sharing some red, white, and blue desserts. From the extra sweet to the lighter fruit versions, these red, white, and blue desserts will definitely be devoured.
Inspired By Charm makes the round-up list again with this slew of gorgeous red, white, and blue desserts. Pick your favorite here and get ready to impress.
Looking for simple desserts? Check out these 16 easy to make desserts from Tasty for your Fourth of July spread.
Keep dessert on the lighter side with these healthier patriotic desserts from Parade.
More Summer Inspiration
You can find a ton more ideas for Fourth of July food and drinks here
Need some ideas for how to make your backyard more fun? Check out this post.
You can find our list of Summer kids’ activities right here– perfect for any day or to add to a birthday party or holiday cellebration.
Before you go, don’t forget to pin this post for later!