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4th of July Menus That Will Wow Everyone at Your Cookout

Country Living Logo By Country Living Staff of Country Living | Slide 1 of 36: If there’s one thing the 4th of July is known for-aside from, you know, our country’s independence-it’s mouthwatering seasonal food. Which means that if you’re in charge of hosting the holiday cookout this year, the stakes are high to feed and please the masses. Never fear-we compiled seven unique five-course 4th of July menus-including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts-all fit for any kind of hungry crowd and festive party theme. Stick to the grilled classics through a meat-infused lineup, but go beyond burgers and brats with firecracker-shaped hot dogs to start, followed by cupcakes topped with brown-sugar-coated bacon. Or if you want to go meatless, butternut squash apple burgers and good old French fries will cater to vegetarian guests. You can also opt to keep things on the sweet side with an all-fruit-everything buffet. And since no one wants to spend all 4th of July stationed at the grill or in the kitchen, our roundup of easy menu options has you fully covered. On the other hand, hitting the road for July 4? Yep, we’ve even got a menu for that-enjoy grilled grub on the go with our camping-specific picks. These five-course recipes will ensure your best Independence Day food spread to date, no matter where you are-and don’t hesitate to mix and match from these 4th of July menu ideas!

If there’s one thing the 4th of July is known for-aside from, you know, our country’s independence-it’s mouthwatering seasonal food. Which means that if you’re in charge of hosting the holiday cookout this year, the stakes are high to feed and please the masses. Never fear-we compiled seven unique five-course 4th of July menus-including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts-all fit for any kind of hungry crowd and festive party theme. Stick to the grilled classics through a meat-infused lineup, but go beyond burgers and brats with firecracker-shaped hot dogs to start, followed by cupcakes topped with brown-sugar-coated bacon. Or if you want to go meatless, butternut squash apple burgers and good old French fries will cater to vegetarian guests. You can also opt to keep things on the sweet side with an all-fruit-everything buffet. And since no one wants to spend all 4th of July stationed at the grill or in the kitchen, our roundup of easy menu options has you fully covered. On the other hand, hitting the road for July 4? Yep, we’ve even got a menu for that-enjoy grilled grub on the go with our camping-specific picks. These five-course recipes will ensure your best Independence Day food spread to date, no matter where you are-and don’t hesitate to mix and match from these 4th of July menu ideas!

© Mary Britton Senseney

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