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Cherish Tradition on this Fun Holiday
The classic 4th of July BBQ is what we look forward to all year. Summer, sunshine, pools and lots of fields of green, Independence day is a time of year that mostly everyone can relax and unplug from their busy day to day. Celebrations with family and friends are happening throughout neighborhoods and cities across America. Between children and adults alike we all look forward to this yearly holiday where we can unwind and celebrate a weekend full of festive activities with loved ones.
Independenc...e, stars and stripes, fireworks, and blueberry pie - that's what July 4th is all about. It's a day full of tradition that falls in the middle of the lazy days of summer. As hot as the weather may be, there's no need to sweat the menu. Go with America's traditional barbecue favorites, and everyone will be happy.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Not Sure What to Serve?
If you're not sure what to serve at a classic barbecue, ask most kids and they'll tell you - corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, ribs and something chocolate for dessert. A build your own burger table, nacho bar or ice cream sundae station are all great ideas for 4th of July as well. There are so many great burger and hot dog toppings out there, have fun with your set-up. I've also never met a potato salad recipe i didn't like.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Chips & Dip
I might add some chips and dip for starters, something green (I am a mother, after all!) and a fruit dessert to take advantage of the season's best produce. Beyond that, serve plenty of cold beverages to beat summer's heat.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Keep It Simple
Don't be afraid to put together a really simple menu for the event. It's usually humid, hot and muggy on the holiday so if you are hosting the party outside (whether depending) I suggest to stick with a low fuss menu. Assign a grill master for the day. There is always someone who loves to be behind the grill and feeding guests the fruit of their labors of the day. I would also consider asking someone to keep an eye on ice and drinks. When it's hot outside there is nothing worse than... running short on ice cold beverages for your party goers.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Remember to Relax!
Mostly the 4th of July is a time to relax. Always remember this and keep it a priority in all your party planning. You want to enjoy your event too and it takes a lot of energy to host this kind of thing. Plan in advance to make sure the day goes smoothly and everyone is happy.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Finally, pull out your red, white and blue table decorations, and flags for decorations. Then, sit back, and savor America's freedoms and the simplicity of time-honored traditions.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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A classic 4th of July BBQ is best when you have good friends, food and create memories to share for years to come. Don't forget what's important when you celebrate this special day.
I've gathered a starter menu for you to explore when planning for your own 4th of July celebration.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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The Menu, Thanks Me Later!
The Classic July 4th Barbecue
Salsa and Chips
Salsa has become almost as American as ketchup. Make a large batch to tame appetites before the grilling is completed.
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Bacon
You might want to serve plain butter, as well, for the kids.
To Die for Burgers
An easy recipe that packs lots of flavor.
Lewis' Coney Island Hot Dogs
Some people will say this is the only way to have a hot dog.
Barbecue Guide Derrick Riches offers great suggestions for turning out perfect... ribs.
Quick Potato Salad
A classic salad that includes onions, peppers, mayonnaise, vinegar and spices.
Everything can be prepared in advance, but you should toss it all together at the last minute.
Brownie Sundaes with Banana Chips
You can't get a more complete dessert than when you combine brownies, ice cream, sauce and toss in a little fruit as a bonus.
Blueberry Pie with Lemon Pastry
Blueberry pie is one of my favorite summertime treats.
Beer, soft drinks, water, wine.