July 4th on a Plate: 7 Dishes for a Memorable Menu

The Fourth of July is almost here, and it’s time to fire up the grill and prepare your best iconic American meal. The great thing about this summer holiday is that partygoers know what to expect when they show up at Independence Day feasts – think hot dogs and hamburgers galore — but as always, there’s always room to impress your guests, and this year, you can make your best food spread yet.

If your holiday meal planner is still looking bare, take our advice and prepare one of these dishes that we believe should be included in any July 4th feast. Taking into consideration preparation time, summer taste buds, and overall healthfulness, these recipes are sure to be a hit at your soiree and will be just one more thing worth celebrating.

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1. Fruit Skewers and Dip

For a light, flavorful, and fun aperitif, whip together this incredibly easy fruit dip from Brown Eyed Baker and serve it with fruit and cheese skewers. For your fruit skewers, simply thread strawberries, grapes, pineapple chunks, and cheese cubes on wooden skewers, and then prepare to dunk them in this delectable dip.


  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme

Directions: In a bowl, stir together the cream cheese and marshmallow creme until thoroughly combined.