Party Planner: 4th of July BBQ

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Party Planner: 4th of July BBQ

The 4th of July is the perfect occasion to enjoy all-American classics, like burgers on the grill and a warm fruit crisp. Here, we share a menu made for a sunny day in the backyard, plus tips for pulling it off like a pro. Happy 4th!




For something refreshing and festive to sip on, try our white sangria with ripe peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries. Snack on skewers of tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese, a creative variation on the classic caprese.


Cheeseburgers are traditional for a 4th of July cookout, and our version won’t disappoint — it’s topped with a savory sauce and served with grilled, spiced potato wedges. For another main course option, serve this grill-roasted chicken, basted with a sweet-smoky barbecue sauce.


On the side, we have two summer staples, updated to showcase peak-season produce. A mixed garden bean salad features shelling beans, wax beans and haricots verts in a deliciously tart vinaigrette, while this sweet and spicy coleslaw lends a crunchy component to the menu. Finish the meal with a simple cherry crisp, and don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Party Planner: 4th of July BBQ


Party Planner


  • Day of: Make the topping for the crisp and refrigerate. Make the coleslaw and the bean salad and refrigerate. Assemble the caprese skewers.
  • Just before serving: Grill the potato wedges, the burgers and the chicken. Make the sangria. Bake the crisp.


Chill some additional beverages for the adults. For ideas on what to serve, check out our warm-weather wine picks and top beers for summer. Ice the bottles down in a rustic party tub. Cheers!


Decorate your table outside with red, white and blue for a patriotic touch. These dinner plates come in all three colors, and as a bonus, they’re durable enough for outdoor dining. Use a matching platter or a serving tray in a neutral color and casual, woven texture for serving.


Don’t forget glasses! These stemless wineglasses and tumblers are great for backyard parties — they won’t crack, break or shatter.

A great barbecue goes from day to night, with guests lingering to enjoy the celebration. As the daylight fades, light flameless candles in pretty lanterns for atmosphere.


Looking for more delicious ways to celebrate the red, white and blue? Visit our 4th of July Pinterest board for ideas!

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