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Looking for some fun patriotic recipes to make for your 4th of July BBQ? We have a large collection of side dish recipes and dessert recipes that come in red, white and blue. Enjoy!

Patriotic Desserts
BBQ Side Dish Recipes

These patriotic dessert recipes are fun to make for your 4th of July get togethers. Kids love the red, white and blue sweets!

4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Abe's Fruit Dessert
This simple but delicious dessert will be a hit at your July 4th celebration. Any type of fruit such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or even watermelon chunks will work.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids All American Apple Pie Bars
This treat is sure to please everyone at your BBQ. Makes 3 dozen bars.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids An American Tradition Cake
There is no better way to celebrate this countries birth than by serving this flag cake. It takes a little time to prepare but everyone will love the effect and the effort. Small strawberries can be used in place of the raspberries if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Blue Pretzel Dish
Fancy this dessert up for your 4th of July dinner by placing dollops of whipped topping over the blueberry mixture and adding a red maraschino cherry to each dollop. This dessert can also be made with cherry or strawberry pie filling and add blueberries as the garnish.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Booming Firecracker Cupcakes
Who doesn't love chocolate and these cupcakes are filled with it. They also have a slight kick because of the chili pepper. The chili pepper can be left out if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Butterfly Fruit Pastries
These are cute little desserts to serve the children at your July 4th party. They will be excited over the special effort you made for them to help them celebrate this special day.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Celebrate America Cupcakes
Individual cupcakes can be easier to transport and serve than a traditional cake. Liven up your cupcake batter with 1/3 C of strawberry jam. Just add it before pouring the batter into the paper muffin cups.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Creamy Soda Cupcakes
Cream soda brings back fond memories of our childhoods. When celebrating the birth of our nation take a few moments to remember what being a child was like. These cupcakes should not be made with diet cream soda.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Dandy Cream Truffle
This simple dessert will wow your guests at your July fourth celebration. If you prefer fresh cherries and blueberries may be used in place of the pie filling. Sliced bananas may also be added in each layer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Delectable Fruit Brownies
This easy to make brownie will look scrumptious when served at your July 4th picnic. Other fruits such as cherries, raspberries, seedless purple grape halves or even banana slices will also taste great as a topping.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Festive Fourth of July Gelatin
This pretty gelatin mold is a refreshing treat on a hot July day. Blue gelatin can be used in place of the strawberry gelatin if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Flower Berry Cookies
These pretty flowers are so easy to put together even a child can do it. Let the kids help make this dessert. Just keep a close eye that they don't eat them all before you are ready to serve them.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Frozen Surprise Watermelon
When you cut into this dessert you'll be surprise to find it looks just like a watermelon. The layers of tinted ice cream and the chocolate chip seeds give this dessert a delicious taste and make it the talk of the party. If you do not like pistachio ice cream vanilla ice cream may be used instead.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Fruit and Cheese Rice Rounds
This 4th of July dessert is a healthy addition to your picnic. The kids will love them because of the caramel and jam flavors. The adults will love them because they just taste great. Add any type of fruit or jam that you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Happy Berry Cheesecake
There's nothing like a bright smile to create a happy atmosphere. This cheesecake will have everyone smiling. If you prefer you can use peeled apple chunks or banana slices for the nose and eyes and strawberries in place of the raspberries. Serve each piece with a small dollop of cool whip topped with the extra pieces of fruit.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Happy Birthday USA Brownies
These dessert brownies have just a hint of peppermint taste. The walnuts and raisins are optional.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Independence Day Meltaways
These cookies just melt in your mouth. Add as much food coloring as you like to reach your desired color of blue. To crush the peppermint candies easily place them in a heavy sealable plastic bag and use the handle of a butter knife. Pour the crushed candy into a fine mesh strainer and shake it over wax paper to remove any candy dust. Snip one corner of the bag and shake the candy out onto the top of each cookie.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids July 4th Macaroons
There's nothing like munching on a sweet chewy cookie while watching the fireworks. These little gems will go fast. A 1/2 C of crushed pecans may also be added to the batter before baking.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids July Fourth Hummingbird Cake
This is a red and blue twist to an old favorite. Normally a dessert served at Easter this cake will wow them with the blue and red topping. Serve with lighted sparklers on top.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids July Fourth Snowballs
This old favorite can help cool off your crowd on that hot Fourth of July day. If you are serving them to children top each snowball with a sparkler. Just be careful and remember to help the children remove the sparkler before they burn too far down. If serving to adults place a small American flag into each snowball.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Malted Milk Ball Sandwiches
Keep cool with this easy to fix dessert. Ice cream sandwiches made with Neapolitan ice cream work great but regular ice cream sandwiches work just as well.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Martha's Cherry Tart
Cherries are an American tradition thanks to George Washington. Serve these little tarts to help celebrate our national and it's great traditions.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Patriotic Gelatin Cups
This simple but elegant dessert just says Happy Birthday America. The way you place the gelatin into the dessert dishes doesn't matter. Use red first in half and blue first in the other half and top each one with a 1/2 t dollop of whipped topping.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Patriotic Star Pastries
It's easy to create these star shaped pastries. Can't find red, white and blue baking chips then use colored sugar instead. Substitute the colored sugar for the regular sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle each star evenly before baking.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Picnic Shortcakes
Shortcakes have been an American favorite for years. This twist on an old favorite will keep them coming back for more.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Pretty Patriotic Pizza
This is an all time favorite fruit pizza to serve at your July 4th celebration. The crust is a snap to create and the citrus glaze gives this pizza a pretty sheen. The fruit can be arranged however you prefer to give it your own special touch.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Red Berry Fluff
If your looking for something red to place on your red, white and blue table this easy recipe will work. It's a light and refreshing dessert that can be transported easily.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Red, White and Blue Whoopie Cookies
Everyone will love these patriotic red and blue cookie cakes filled with marshmallow cream.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Skillet Fruit Topped Cake
Who would imagine serving this type of cake on the Fourth of July? With the butter cream frosting and the colorful fruit it will be a hit at your celebration. Add a spoonful of whipped topping to each piece as a garnish.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Slow Cook Berry Dessert
There's nothing special about this dessert other than the taste. It's also easy to throw together and easy to care to backyard parties anywhere. Make a double batch to be sure you have enough to go around.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Somewhere Over the Rainbow Triangles
Lemon sherbet can also be added over the raspberry sherbet or can be substituted for the orange or lime if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Sparkler Frozen Cheesecake
This cheesecake can also be made with frozen blueberries and grape juice if you prefer. Cranberry-raspberry juice can also be used in place of the cranberry juice. Be careful using the sparkers and remove them before they burn down to the cheesecake.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Star Spangled Berry Parfaits
The blueberry puree will give your ice cream a blue-purple tint. These parfaits can be layered. Just add a few blueberries and raspberries over the first layer then repeat each layer again and top with a T of the whipped topping.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Star Spangled Cookie Bouquet
This makes a great centerpiece for your 4th of July table along with a delicious dessert. Need more than 1 dozen eatable cookies just double the ingredients?
You can also make these cookies ahead of time. Just bake then freeze. When your ready remove the cookies allow them to thaw and frost them.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Stars and Stripes Ala Mode
This frozen dessert is patriotic to the max.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Stuffed Cake American Style
This scrumptious dessert is simple to fix and looks quite pretty on your serving table. You might need to make two to have enough to go around. Use fresh blueberries and strawberry yogurt for two different versions. Fresh raspberries can be used in place the strawberries if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Uncle Sam's Lollipop Cookies
The kids will go crazy over these lollipops. They are not only tasty but fun to make. Chocolate candy coating may also be used if you prefer.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids USA Angel Food Cake
This simple but tasty dessert can be made with numerous variations. Use cherry pie filling, blueberries and peeled apples or try your own combination of red, white and blue pie filling and fruit. Add a dollop of whipped topping to each slice for a special treat.
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Velvet Freedom Cake
This red velvet cake rings of freedom!
4th of July Desserts - Fourth of July Dessert Recipes for Kids Yankee Doodle Cake Pie
This cake pie is created from everyone's favorite Snickerdoodle cookies. There's nothing like nostalgia when it comes to celebrating the birth of our country - so go ahead and make one of these scrumptious pies and see what childhood memories it may bring to life.
 
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Below is a collection of fun side dish recipes to make for the 4th of July. Kids love them! They like to help too!

4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Apple Banana Peanut Butter Salad
This summertime salad makes a great get together treat. If you are not fond of cashews use regular peanuts or better yet use crunchy peanut butter in the sauce.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Balsamic Bean and Tomato Salad
There's nothing like fresh green beans in the summer. These beans have a bit of bite but are perfect for that July 4th picnic. Sprinkle the top with a few sesame seeds instead of the egg for something a little different.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Balsamic Vegetables off the Grill
Allow the beets to cool slightly then they can be peeled if you prefer. These vegetables taste great even when slightly chilled. Make them ahead of time, chill for about 1 hour then serve.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Dressing
The combination of the blueberry, orange and onion flavors along with the tangy dressing make this salad a hit at any outdoor gathering. Place the bowl into a large bowl filled with ice to keep the salad chilled and fresh for your guests.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Catalina Picnic Salad
Make the most of your garden vegetables with this tasty salad. The dressing gives it a little bite and the corn chips give it a little crunch. Regular corn can be substituted for the shoe peg corn if you prefer.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Cheese and Apple Citrus Salad
This tangy twist to a Waldorf salad will go quickly at your July 4th celebration. If you prefer, pecans or cashews can be used in place of the walnuts.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Colorful Floret Salad
The longer this salad stays covered in the refrigerator the better it will taste. Cooling it helps the Italian flavors to blend into the vegetables. Any summer time vegetables will work in this salad including chopped zucchini or cucumbers.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Corn on the Cob and Tomato Salsa
This salsa is a great side when served with crackers. Better yet add it to your cooked brats or hotdogs or even on the top of that grilled burger. A 1/8 tsp of pepper can be used in place of the jalapeno pepper if you prefer.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Creamy Apple Carrot and Raisin Salad
This tasty salad is so easy to throw together if you decide at the last minute to have a July 4th cookout. Remember to keep it as cold as possible by placing it in a larger bowl filled with ice. The walnuts are optional in this salad.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Creamy Crunchy Cucumbers
Nothing says summer better than cucumbers. These sweet yet slightly tart gems are crunchy and bathed in a creamy sauce. For a little color just add a few chopped pimentos.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Creamy Italian Tuna and Pasta
Want a little extra flavor in your tuna pasta salad? Use a scant amount of the juice from your bread and butter pickles. Pour the juice into the salad before adding the dressing. Be careful to use only a small amount, taste the salad then add more in small amounts until you achieve the flavor your looking for.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Crunchy Celery N Carrots
This tasty side dish will help make any 4th of July meal complete. Add strips of red bell pepper for a more colorful dish.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Dark Red Bean Salad
To give this bean salad a fancy look when serving place lettuce leaves in the bottom and up the sides of your serving bowl. Carefully spoon the bean salad over the lettuce. Remember if serving this dish outside to keep it as cold as possible with ice.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Firecracker Red Slaw
Be sure to stir the slaw before serving and if too much liquid has accumulated drain the liquid so the cabbage doesn't become too mushy.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Fruit Salad with Zest
This refreshing salad will be a hit at your 4th of July celebration. Just about any combination of fruit works in this salad. Try honeydew melon, nectarines, or mangos together with a lemon based dressing. To make the lemon based dressing use lemon juice and lemon peel in place of the lime.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids It's All in There Salad
This salad has everything in it but there is room for more. Add chopped nuts, chopped bell peppers or sprinkle it with real bacon bits to boost it up even more.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Macaroni Salad with a Fruit Twist
This salad makes a great 4th of July side dish. It's not all that sweet and there is no macaroni taste. Add a few drained and chopped maraschino cherries or seedless grapes if you like.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Make Ahead Veggie Pasta Salad
When choosing a pasta shape for a salad of this nature always choose one that will hold up well. It should also compete with the texture of the other salad ingredients. Elbow macaroni, shell, bow ties, wagon wheels and tortellini pasta are good choices when it comes to making a pasta salad.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Orange Laced Cucumbers
This refreshing salad just hollers cool. Use a serrated knife to cut your cucumbers for a prettier salad. This salad can also be placed over a bed of lettuce if you are making individual servings.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Parmesan Zesty Tomatoes
If you like fried green tomatoes you will love these little gems. Cooking outside use a deep fryer and fry up a batch of these tasty treats. Cook the same as above being sure your oil is at 375 degrees each time you add new tomatoes. Fry the tomatoes a few at time for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Peas and Lima Bean Salad
This salad is refreshing on a summer day. Add pimento slices to give it a little color. Frozen green beans, cooked according to the package may also be added.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Pecan Pears with Sherry Vinaigrette
These tasty pears make a great side dish with grilled steaks or even burgers. Orange segments or apricot halves can also be used this recipe.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Perfect Picnic Slaw
This slaw is perfect for a 4th of July picnic. It's cool and refreshing and because it has no mayonnaise or milk in the dressing you don't have to worry about it spoiling in the summer heat. Be sure to stir the slaw before serving to help incorporate the flavors.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Pinquito Barbecue Beans
Pinquito beans are similar to pinto beans only smaller. They can be found in many grocery stores in the same department as other dry beans. If you can not find pinquito beans pinto beans will work just as well.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Red Hot Barbecued Potatoes
These barbecued potatoes are always a hit. Allowing them to stand and absorb the liquid is what gives them their red color. Adjust the red pepper sauce to your tastes or leave it out completely if you prefer.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Refreshing Pineapple Spread
This tasty spread is great served on crackers or even rye bread rounds.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Saucy Summer Asparagus
This dish is delicious served warm or cold. It is a colorful dish and the zesty sauce makes it stand out at any 4th of July event.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Spicy Butter Corn on the Cob
This new twist on our favorite corn on the cob is sure to be a hit at any 4th of July picnic. Not fond of barbecue sauce? Try using grated Parmesan cheese, or your favorite Ceasar or Italian dressing.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Summer Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
This salad is quite colorful and very tasty on a hot summer day. It can be served at room temperature or it may be chilled if you prefer.
4th of July Cooking - Fourth of July Recipes for Kids Zesty Turnip Slaw
Sprinkle the top of this slaw with a little celery salt before serving. Chopped pimentos and shredded carrots may also be added to give this salad a little color.
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