Menu and Recipes Ideas for your 4th of July Celebration

No matter where you live there are so many great ways to celebrate the 4th of July.   Whether you're planning to be under the stars, at the beach or just chillin' in the back yard get menu and recipe inspiration for each occasion. 

Under the Stars - Here in Bucks County the Riverside Symphonia's Concert Under the Stars is a major bring-your-own picnic event with live music and fireworks.  You see everything from families on blankets with Bologna sandwiches to grand fine dining experiences complete with caterers and candelabras.   My preference is for a menu that's simple enough to prepare and transport but elegant enough to match the occasion:  A few bites like antipasti skewers, BLT Bites, curried deviled eggs; a chilled soup like gazpacho; a vinaigrette-based salad like white beans with Arugula or tabouli and of course a great bottle of wine or this Blueberry Lavender Sangria.

Beach Blast - When it comes to beach parties I think of all things seafood - clam bakes, lobster rolls, fish tacos rounded out with lots of salads, corn on the cob and a fun dessert like these sand dollar cookies or fun and healthy red, white and blue Popsicles. 

Backyard BBQ - All American burgers and dogs more your style?  Add a build-your-own condiment bar.  Offer the standards - lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard - for your more traditional guests and something more exciting for adventurous eaters - Sriracha ketchup, wasabi mayo, pineapple, bacon jam, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, kimchi.  Find more ideas on our 4th of July Pinterest Board