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Recipes for Your Next Fourth of July Picnic

Headed to a Fourth of July picnic or hosting? Here are some easy recipes to help you get the party started!

If you find yourself heading to a Fourth of July picnic every year and wondering what to bring with you, wonder no more! There are so many great picnic food ideas that you can easily whip up to bring with you! 

Before you get cooking, there are a few things to keep in mind. While you’re busy planning your menu for the Fourth of July, you may forget something very important. Keeping your food fresh and your guests happy and healthy!

During the summer months, there tends to be a large increase in incidents of food poisoning. The warmer temperatures cause bacteria to multiply faster. According to new research released by the International Food Information Council, nearly two-thirds of Americans are not using a food thermometer to regularly check the temperature of meat and poultry.

Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill

  1. Clean: Make sure you clean all utensils, hands, and surfaces with soapy water. If you’re going to be outside, using a moist towelette is a good idea.
  2. Separate: Don’t put meat items back on the same plate you used for the raw meat! Make sure you bring two plates for grilling and separate raw meat from fruits and veggies.
  3. Cook: Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 °Fahrenheit before serving. Remember, just because it’s brown doesn’t mean its safe, use a food thermometer every time.
  4. Chill: The general rule is to never let food sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours, but once the temps reach 90 °Fahrenheit, that’s reduced to 1 hour.

When cooking this summer simply remember the Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill!

Recipes for Your Next Fourth of July Picnic

Classic BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders: No 4th of July picnic is complete without a finger-licking barbecue favorite. Slow-cooked, tender pulled pork smothered in a tangy and smoky BBQ sauce is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Serve it on soft slider buns, along with a side of coleslaw for that perfect balance of flavors. This savory delight is sure to be a hit among your picnic-goers.

Refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad: Beat the summer heat with a refreshing watermelon and feta salad. Cut juicy watermelon into bite-sized cubes and combine it with crumbled feta cheese, fresh mint leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The sweet and salty combination, enhanced by the hint of mint, creates a burst of flavors that will leave your taste buds satisfied and refreshed.

Zesty Grilled Chicken Skewers: Fire up the grill and prepare some zesty grilled chicken skewers that are sure to impress. Marinate bite-sized chicken pieces in a flavorful blend of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and herbs like rosemary and thyme. Thread the marinated chicken onto skewers and grill until cooked through, with a beautiful charred exterior. Serve them with a cool and creamy tzatziki sauce for dipping.

Caprese Pasta Salad: Add a refreshing twist to the classic Caprese salad by transforming it into a satisfying pasta dish. Cook al dente pasta such as rotini or fusilli and let it cool. Toss the pasta with fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This salad is not only visually appealing but also bursts with the flavors of summer.

From dips to salads to dessert, we have you covered! 

Recipes for Fourth of July Picnic

Headed to a Fourth of July picnic or hosting? Here are some easy recipes to help you get the party started!


The best picnic appetizers for your Fourth of July Party!


From pasta to potato, salads are the perfect side dish for your Fourth of July picnic!

Main Course

Burgers, hot dogs, and sliders are the perfect main course for your Fourth of July picnic!


Make a toast this Fourth of July!


End the day with these sweet patriotic desserts!

This 4th of July, take your picnic to the next level with these mouthwatering food ideas that combine flavors, colors, and the spirit of celebration. From fiery chicken skewers to refreshing fruit parfaits, these dishes are not only delicious but also easy to pack and enjoy outdoors.


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  1. Oh this made me drool. I’m interested to try the deviled eggs – I just might. Wishing you a great 4th of July celebration.

  2. I love the hot dogs- I make those quite often and add cheddar. My husband works 2 jobs on the 4th of July so I don’t have a menu planned. He works 7am until 11 pm. Probably having pizza or something quick.

  3. I love planning holiday foods! Thanks for the inspiration, and I agree that bacon makes every better!

  4. I’ve got to check out the deviled egg recipe. My husband loves them, but I always hated Mayo as a kid so I’m trying to learn them from scratch. This week is a good time to try them out.

  5. That looks delicious! Thank you for sharing. My wife loves to cook and has a degree background in the culinary industry. She will love this!

  6. You included a Gluten Free recipe, you have my heart!! OH, and cocktails… Thank you so much! 😉 These look AWESOME, I haven’t even started my 4th of July menu yet. I’ll definitely have to try some of these!

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