21 Red, White, And Blue 4th Of July Food Ideas

Now that June is (somehow) coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday: Independence Day! Naturally, a patriotic celebration isn’t complete without red, white, and blue food ideas. They're the best way to make sure the party's grub is infused with festivity for the patriotic summer holiday.

This doesn’t mean you have to pour food coloring on everything on the menu, however. While it can certainly come in handy, there are many other alternatives and food combinations that can switch things up a bit. For example, berries are prime Independence Day ingredients. Cream cheese and cheesecake provide the perfect dose of indulgence while providing a white shade. This is just the beginning, folks.

To top it all off, the party ideas on this list are easy to whip up at the very last minute. They also require little to no fancy shmancy skills, ensuring that you won’t have to stress yourself out perfecting techniques before the festivities. In fact, most of these recipes are so simple that you might even make them well past July 4th.

Don’t forget to pair your menu with festive décor and red, white, and blue drink ideas. Happy Fourth of July!

1. Mini Red, White, and Blue Star Cheesecakes

Baked by Rachel figured out a way to make a colorful layered cheesecake complete with a graham cracker crust and star shape. Awesome.

2. Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

You can't deny the colorful potential of Mother Nature. Using three different types of potatoes, Baked by Rachel has demonstrated how to create a festive potato salad on her blog.

3. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

For another dish that doesn't require a ton of work or ingredients, make Dessert Now, Dinner Later's stuffed strawberries. I'm loving how the natural colors of the ingredients automatically creates a patriotic theme.

4. Poppin' Patriotic Marshmallows

In true July 4th fashion, these Pop Rock-dipped marshmallows fit the firework vibes so well. Visit A Farm Girl's Dabbles to learn how to make them.

5. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Red velvet shortbread cookies and cheesecake (yes, cheesecake) ice cream come together to create these charming sandwiches. Thanks for your greatness, A Farm Girl's Dabbles.

6. Patriotic Fourth of July Cake

Don't have time to find a star-shaped cookie cutter? Opt for clever placement of berries for a flag-themed cake, just like Fashion Edible did.

7. Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Infusing a cake with Jell-O is a thing, people. It doesn't hurt that it creates a pretty watercolor visual, too. Dessert Now, Dinner Later shows you how.

8. Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

Strawberries come to the rescue once again with A Farm Girl's Dabbles' simple recipe.

9. Patriotic Rice Krispies Treats

Kids and adults alike will adore these star-shaped Rice Krispies treats from Cookies and Cups. They make an awesome party favor, too! Simply wrap them in cellophane and tie it off with festive ribbon or twine.

10. Fudgy Patriotic Brownies

Please the chocolate lovers at your get-together with a batch of celebratory brownies from A Farm Girl's Dabbles. Like the Krispies treat pops, these make an excellent party favor giveaway.

11. Patriotic Jell-O Shots

Give the traditional party treat a festive twist by layering red, white, and blue Jell-O. You can easily make a non-alcoholic version by leaving out the vodka. Check it out at eHow.

12. Patriotic Popcorn

Popcorn is one of those traditional snacks that can make any event feel like an actual party. Why not spruce it up with some color? Dessert Now, Dinner Later shows you how.

13. Patriotic Caramel Corn

If you're looking to sweeten up the popcorn situation, visit A Farm Girl's Dabbles to learn how to make a caramel version. The post even includes a free printable.

14. Patriotic Cake Pops

Bakerella figured out how to make cake pops that look like cupcakes and I'm so into it. Simply place them in a mason jar on your dessert table or give them out as party favors at the end of the night.

15. Red Velvet Fourth of July Cupcakes

You can't go wrong with classic red velvet cupcakes, especially on the Fourth of July.Click on over to Your Cup of Cake for the lowdown.

16. Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites

Berries and cream cheese on top of crescent dough? Yes, please! Make them with some help from Good Life Eats.

17. Roasted Berry and Honey Coconut Popsicles

Cool down with creamy popsicles in a naturally festive color palette thanks to Cookie and Kate. The roasted berry part really got me.

18. Snow Cone Cupcakes

Get ready for some serious squeals and "ooohs" when your guests realize these snow cones are actually cupcakes. A Beautiful Mess is brilliant.

19. Festive Cupcakes

For a batch of deliciously patriotic cupcakes, turn to Bakerella. Her post shares rundowns for basic cupcake and icing recipes topped off with super useful presentation tips.

20. Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

No time? No worries. Whip up this layered dessert of goodness with some help from Brown Eyed Baker. Zero fancy skills required

21. White Chocolate Firecracker Brownies

For another take on the conventional brownie dessert, try Deliciously Yum's white chocolate brownies. Can't forget those sprinkles, of course.

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