11 Fun and Festive 4th of July Party Recipes and Menu Ideas

The days are long, hot, and lazy, and 4th of July is the perfect day to get the gang together for a 4th of July Party.

This is a collection of 11 menus that are perfect for your 4th of July Party with some of the best ever 4th of July party recipes.

It’s time to fire up the grill, sip a cocktail and enjoy good food and good company. Update your 4th of July menu with these party-perfect 4th of July recipes.

4th of July Party Menus

Backyard Burger Bar

Beach Party

Crab Boil

Fajitas & Margaritas

All-American Backyard BBQ

Hot Dog Heaven – 25 unique and upgraded hot dog recipes

Make-your-own Pizza Party (grilled pizza)  Amazing!

Simple Grilled Lobster

4th of July Picnic

Tiki Bar Classics

Martinis and S’mores




4th of July Party Menus



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Backyard Burger Bar 4th of July Party Menu

Nothing says Fourth of July like burgers on the grill.  Everyone loves a good burger and this party is super easy and stress-free.

Simply make a bunch of burger patties, grill them up and set out a variety of toppings. Let everyone build their very own burger creation.  Serve with blue cheese potato chips and grilled corn.

Finish dinner with a simple dessert of blueberries, watermelon, and bananas tossed in a little limoncello and topped with fresh chopped basil.  Oh so good.


Backyard Burger Bar

Grilled Corn or Sweet Ancho Chili Grilled Corn

Blue Cheese Potato Chips

Fresh Berries with limoncello and Basil



Beach Party Appetizers, Cocktails & Fireworks | 4th of July Party Menu

This year we’ll have a pool party and BBQ in the afternoon and around 7 we’ll pack our picnic baskets and head to the beach to meet friends for a Beach Party with appetizers and cocktails.

This is a fun way to wait for the sun to set and fireworks to begin.

The trick to enjoying appetizers at the beach is to make little bites that travel well and stand up to the heat and humidity.

To make this even easier, make this a potluck and have everyone bring an appetizer or pitcher of cocktails to share.

Beach Proof Appetizers (choose a couple)


Scarlett O’Hara’s or Tipsy Mermaid Rum Punch




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Crab Boil

Simple and easy.  The hardest part about crab boils is finding a place to keep the crab pot.

Crab Boil

Simple Strawberry Salad 

Follow the recipe, but don’t worry about the fancy presentation, just toss it all together.  It’s the perfect salad for a summer crab boil

Simple Spiked Watermelon Dessert




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Fajitas & Margaritas | 4th of July Menu

Fajitas are so easy to make, travel well and are fun.  Serve with warm flour tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole and black bean salsa and Mexican street corn.

If you want a dessert try an easy to make Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Super Easy Chicken Fajitas

Fresh Pico De Gallo

Spicy Guacamole

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding

Classic Margarita, Strawberry Basil Margarita or Blue Moon Margarita



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All American Backyard BBQ | 4th of July Party Menu

Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ filled with all the favs – like honey BBQ Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Chicken Skewers.

Baked potato salad and a corn topping station on the side make this a super easy and tasty 4th of July party menu.


Honey Bourbon BBQ Burger

Secrets to Grill the Perfect Hot Dogs

Chicken Skewers with Blueberry BBQ sauce

Southern Skillet Cornbread with Bacon, Spinach and Cheddar

Grilled Corn with Toppings

Easy Berry Cobbler



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Heavenly Hot Dogs | 4th of July Party Menu

Hot Dogs are the quintessential 4th of July food from my childhood.  Learn the secrets to grilling the perfect hot dog and enjoy one (or more) of these updated hot dog recipes


25 Hot Dog Recipes

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Blue Cheese Potato Chips   

Homemade Lemonade

Your Favorite Popsicles




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Backyard Grill Your Own Pizza Party | 4th of July Party Menu

Believe it or not, the grill is the best way to cook perfectly crispy and slightly charred pizza.

Everyone loves pizza.  Make or buy pizza dough and grab everyone’s favorite toppings and have a backyard pizza party.


Make Your Own Pizza Recipe

Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Appetizer

Grilled Nectarine & Arugula Salad

Berries Tossed in Limoncello and Basil – 

Finish dinner with a simple dessert of blueberries, watermelon, and bananas tossed in a little limoncello and topped with fresh chopped basil.  Oh so good.




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Simple and Elegant Grilled Lobster | 4th of July Party Menu


Sometimes the best days are spent lazing around the backyard or the pool and firing up the grill and cooking up some burgers.


Pitchers of Bourbon Smash

Simple Grilled Lobster 

Simple split lobsters brushed with a little garlic butter.  Perfect.

The Perfect Baked Potato

Simple Tossed Green Salad

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blackberries and Raspberries



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4th of July Picnic | 4th of July Party Menu


Grab your picnic basket and head to your local park for a 4th of July picnic.


Grilled Chicken Wings

These are so easy to make and since they are naked, just whip up a couple of dipping sauces so everyone can enjoy dunking the wings in the sauce of their choice.

Try one of these wing sauces:

Anchor Bar Buffalo Sauce (the original)

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glaze

Tropical Coco Loco

Honey BBQ

Chili Sesame Soy Sauce

German Potato Salad

Slow Cooker Italian Roast Pork Sandwiches

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad




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Tiki Bar Classic Cocktails + Jerk Pork | 4th of July Party Menu

Lime Daiquiris,  jerk pork, caramelized sweet plantains.  A simple and easy 4th of July party menu filled with just the right balance of sweet and spicy.


Lime Daiquiri or Zombie Cocktail

Jerk Pork

Caramelized Sweet Plantains

Coconut Rice with Curried Bananas and Cashews

Pina Colada Bread Pudding
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