Dishes for a Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July foods
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The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. By the Fourth, the summer season is well underway, and that means sunshine and garden-fresh vegetables, fruits, and berries. It means burgers on the grill, cool salads on ice, and scrumptious fresh fruit desserts or ice cream

If you are planning an Independence Day party, express your patriotism with themed flowers and decorations and delicious, all-American summer food. Use blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries to create themed desserts. Or decorate sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sugars and sprinkles.

Picnic and Cookout Safety Tips

  • If you are taking cold food to a party, make sure you have enough ice in your cooler to keep it at 40 F or colder. Don't put the cooler in the hot trunk; keep it in the car. And when you get to the party, put the cooler in the shade.
  • If the party is outside, nestle bowls of cold salads in crushed ice to keep them cool for serving. 
  • If you are taking hot cooked food, make sure it is completely cooked and ensure it will stay above 140 F. Or chill cooked food, keep it cold, and reheat it to a temperature of at least 165 F when you get to the party.
  • See safe cooking tips for more about meat temperatures and how to handle the leftovers.

Add some of these excellent all-American recipes to your celebration menu.