Food to feed a 4th of July crowd

Serve up these fresh flavors at your Independence Day bash.

Young girl holding a hot dog at a Fourth of July family cookout

We’ve rounded up some fresh ideas of what to serve at your 4th of July bash. Add a little pizzazz with these new flavors.



An appetizer platter is the simplest, quickest no-fuss option to kick off your party. Simply lay out rustic wooden boards topped with all sorts of nibbles, from classic Italian deli meats, to zesty Greek dips. All they require is a trip to the grocery store, some artful arranging, aaand… Done.
Half Baked Harvest Greek Antipasti Platter

This Greek-inspired antipasto platter brings together hummus, marinated feta, olives and artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and more, and can be prepared in advance. Simply prep the platter, pop it in the fridge, then add pita triangles and breadsticks when you’re ready to serve.

Other super-easy appetizer recipes include pigs in blankets, mini corn dogs, loaded guacamole and loaded nachos – just some of the ideas you can find at our Game Day Food post.



Of course a hot dog is a classic choice, and we discovered an exciting spin on it featuring teriyaki mayo and grilled pineapple slices right here. But we’ve decided that this year, we’re all about burgers.

Half Baked Harvest Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burger with Corn Fritter 2

Especially, this burger… juicy chicken (or turkey) topped with puh-lenty of cheddar, lightly mashed avocado, some smoky chipotle mayo, and crispy little corn fritters. It’s pretty much the flavor explosion you’ve been dreaming of



People can be real particular when it comes to the potato salad they like best. The legendary Julia Child preferred hers made with Yukon Gold or new potatoes and not too much mayo.

German potato salad with fine chopped chives


Slice before boiling, then toss in finely minced shallots or scallions, season with salt and pepper, and add in a dash of potato cooking water or chicken stock, and a little wine vinegar to taste. Ms Child’s recipe adds celery, dill pickle, crisply cooked and crumbled bacon, a diced hard-boiled egg, and even a little sour cream if you like.



This red, white and blue cheesecake cake couldn’t be easier to make, but has that wow factor any 4th of July party needs.

Recipe Girl Red White Blue Cheesecake cake

Simply sandwich a frozen vanilla cheesecake between two layers of vanilla cake, festively colored especially for the holiday, frost, then add red, white and blue sprinkles. You can make it ahead of time,and leave it in the fridge before serving, defrosting the cheesecake by the time you slice it up.


Visit our Fourth of July Pinterest board for plenty more recipes, decor and crafting ideas to help you make this holiday your most memorable one yet.


(Image credits: Half Baked Harvest, Recipe Girl)