Everything You Need for a Perfect July 4th Party

With July 4th right around the corner (already? how?), now’s the time to plan the evening’s festivities—and by festivities, we mean food. No need to stress—we’ve got all the recipes you’ll need to please everyone in attendance. Use these tips for the decor, but include a little more America where you can: Red, white, and blue accoutrement are highly encouraged.

Whip up these simple dishes, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks.

Grilled Steak and Potato Salad

Simply grilled steaks, tangy, double-mustard potato salad, fresh herbs, briny pickles, and grilled scallion…straight swoon. Zucchini and red onion get their char on, too. Make any part of this meal and friends with be singing your praises all night.

The Burgers

If you’ve ever ordered from Plated or peeped a menu, you know that we love a juicy burger. From classic beef to chicken to salmon to totally veggie, we’re all about it. It’s versatile, filling, and they’re an excellent vehicle for toppings galore (see: next item on this list).

The Burgers Part II

Grilling your burgers is the easy part. What to put on it, on the other hand, is where things get real. (If you only put ketchup on your burger, you’re missing out, btw.) This is when your wildest cravings—for sauces, cheeses, spreads, mash-ups, and toppings—will serve your taste buds brilliantly. Peruse this list, pick a few (or all 13) and prepare for greatness.


Veggie Pasta

For the vegetarians out there, this one’s for you. Filling, and packed with summer ingredients like squash and tomatoes, this pasta dish is as delicious cold as it is hot.

Grilled Corn

What’s July 4th without classic, buttery corn prepared on the grill? This recipe is everything—you’ll want to make it every night, even if it’s just you out on the porch.

Boozy Popsicles

Yes, there’s a lot of food here, but please save room for dessert. You have to, because we’ve dreamt up some boozy popsicles that are perfectly frosty and oh-so-fun. Each alcohol variety includes a classic cocktail reimagined as an ice pop. Dessert, meet your cocktail match.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

For an equally decadent but more classic take on July 4th dessert, you’ve gotta add an ice cream sandwich to the mix. This one will do the trick.


If your idea of party includes everyone getting a little…more fun, throw together one of these punch bowls and we think you’ll get there. Guests can serve themselves—but use discretion because these cocktails pack a punch. (You knew it was coming.)


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