The Fourth of July is the ultimate summer celebration. What better excuse to fire up the grill, play some “All-American” tunes and gussy up your home and backyard with hints of red, white and blue? If you’re hosting a Fourth of July bash at your pad and are looking for some fun ways to celebrate America’s birth with patriotic food, drinks and décor, then you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some tips for throwing a perfectly festive Fourth of July this year.


Make this Fourth of July one to remember with décor that screams “America!” If you’re thinking stripes and stars in hues of red, white and blue, then you’re right on track. Just remember, you don’t need to go crazy with the decorations. A few simple statement pieces can transform your home and yard into an All-American dream pad.

Looking for the perfect table accents? Wow guests with these festive flower centerpieces. Simply pair your favorite red and white flowers with your favorite vase, put a few drops of food coloring into the water and top with a flag for the full patriotic effect. Hosting an outdoor dinner party? Light up your walkway with these DIY can luminaries to welcome guests. Pottery Barn is also holding a Fourth of July Sale with up to 60{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} off of hundreds of items like these adorably festive burlap stars, this American flag napkin set or this galvanized metal star condiment set.


While hot dogs and burgers are the traditional food choices for celebrating the Fourth with friends and family, there are plenty of other patriotic dishes you can pair with your meal. These personal pizza crisps topped with berries, basil and brie or this flag-inspired cheese plate filled with fresh berries make the perfect appetizers for guests to munch on before the main course. For a festive side dish, whip together this patriotic Red White and Blue Summer Salad filled with strawberries, blueberries and feta cheese, or this stars and stripes pasta salad.

When it comes to the main course, barbecue is a favorite choice for the Fourth of July. Whether it’s a casual hot dogs and burgers crowd or you’re bringing out the big barbecue guns with ribs or grilled seafood, experts recommend grilling as much as you can ahead of time so you won’t be stuck behind the barbecue while the party is going on without you. If you want to get creative with your burgers, try serving up sliders with french fry shooters or scallion and brie stuffed burgers. Kabobs (or skewers) looks fancy, but the prep process is easy as can be, and the results will definitely impress your guests. Skewer up spiced salmon, top sirloin with avocado sauce or bacon-wrapped chicken for a fun, finger-licking good, feast.

And finally for the most anticipated course, you can’t go wrong with these moist Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with blueberries or these delicious sundae-inspired ice cream cones topped with fudge sauce, sprinkles and a cherry. Feeling extra adventurous? Behold the cherbluble cake, created by chef and author Charles Phoenix. This monster dessert hybrid combines classic American pies like cherry, apple and blueberry (yes we said all three) into one deliciously massive pie-cake that will pretty much rule the party, not to mention put everyone into a severe food coma.


A party isn’t complete without some refreshing beverages to cool off with. This year, keep it simple and stay hydrated with this perfectly festive fruit infused ice cubes, punch made with star shaped pineapple (apples also work) and sliced strawberries and blueberries or this kid-friendly patriotic punch filled to the brim with juice and topped with Twizzlers to use as straws.

You can also have fun with how you serve up drinks, like this Watermelon Punch and Bowl recipe by Martha Stewart that turns a hollowed watermelon into a rustic serving bowl.