Gina Vaynshteyn
July 03, 2015 6:00 am

Can you believe it’s already July? Most importantly, can you believe it’s already time to celebrate the Fourth of July again? Well friends, believe it. Whether you’re spending the day with family, or friends, or in the cabin in the woods, or at home, nothing makes the Fourth quite as epic as a delicious menu! If you’ve still got time to hit the grocery store, may we suggest a few BBQ classics (with a twist)?

1. Patriotic cupcakes in jars

Why make standard vanilla cupcakes when you could infuse them with bright reds and blues? This recipe is super easy, calls for essentially just cake mix and food dye, and gives you instructions on how to make the best frosting, EVER.

Recipe and photo from: ReMarkable Home

2. Red, white and blue candy apples

What’s a better occasion to dip apples in unnaturally-blue, ultra-sweet substances than Fourth of July? Viva la America, y’all. In all seriousness, this recipe is super fun, and perfect for day-of DIY festivities.

Recipe and photo from: Tidy Mom

3. Totally American punch

These gorgeous drinks are simple to make, and they’re VERY refreshing (they’re also sugary, just so’s you know). If you feel like making things a little more interesting, add some vodka to the mix!

Recipe and photo from: Our Best Bites

4. Watermelon salad

It’s officially watermelon season, which is my favorite season. Nothing is better than biting down on a cold slice of watermelon—except maybe this watermelon salad. The combination of mint, feta, and watermelon is classy, yet refreshing.

Recipe and photo from: Two Chums

5. The best macaroni salad, ever

You guys, I don’t take macaroni salad lightly. It’s my favorite side dish. It took me years to find the perfect macaroni salad recipe, and when I did, I knew it was true love. This recipe spices things up by using roasted red peppers and olives!

Recipe and photo from: The Pioneer Woman

6. BLAT dog

BLAT, as in, bacon-lettuce-avocado-tomato is hands down the best new way to eat a hot dog.  All I can say is this dog is everything; you will never want to eat a plain hot dog again.

Recipe and photo from: Taste and Tell

8. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Recipe and photo from: Cincy Shopper

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of the same beef slider that’s served at every single restaurant these days. I’ve decided to switch it up with these Philly Cheesesteak sliders because they’re just perfect.

9. Elote (roasted Mexican sweet corn with cheese)

If you haven’t tried elote, be prepared to never want to eat corn that isn’t smothered in mayo and cheese again. This recipe is a corn game changer.

Recipe and photo from: The Kitchn

10. Salted caramel apple pie

Did you think I would forget about apple pie?! Apple pie is the most important pie, no matter what holiday you’re celebrating. Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Halloween, my birthday—apple pie is ALWAYS relevant (pumpkin pie defenders, I will never believe you!). Finish off your Independence Day feast with this beautiful caramel apple pie recipe and all will be right with the world.

Recipe and photo from: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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