The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a backyard cookout! Nothing says summer like the smoky smell of a grill and the crack of bottle rockets. So break out the charcoal and plan a patriotic 4th of July cookout that will make all the neighbors jealous!
4th of July Food
A 4th of July cookout wouldn’t be complete without a tasty burger. And nothing makes a burger better than being stuffed with cheese! Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe for Whiskey Barrel Burgers is amazing. The pork/beef blend burger is seasoned just right and then filled with a savory whiskey cheese. Fire up the grill and toss these on for a true crowd pleaser for all the carnivores!
Firecracker Hotdogs anyone? We love these because they’re super easy to make and the end result is adorable. Let the little ones help with these, too!
Pasta salad is another 4th of July staple, but this recipe for Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad from Lynnae McCoy has a patriotic twist! The DIY red and blue pasta mixed with white mozzarella makes a fun and festive side dish. Toss in some artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoni, and Italian dressing and you’re done!
You can’t have a 4th of July cookout without some colorful desserts. Keep the patriotism going with this recipe for an adorable and delicious Triple Berry Pie from Betty Crocker! They say apple pie is the official American dessert, but we think this one takes the cake. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries atop a light lemony cream cheese filling makes this pie irresistible.
If you want a festive dessert but want something handheld, try these Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Cookies! They’re made with ingredients already in your pantry and oh-so-patriotic.
4th of July Drinks
Your 4th of July cookout is bound to be hot, so guests will need some liquid refreshment! But plain ol’ lemonade or tea won’t do if you want to keep the patriotism theme going. We love this recipe for a 4th of July Cocktail from DIYReady, with its cute stars and other fruit for pops of red, white, and blue. It’s versatile too, so make it non-alcoholic or throw in some gin or vodka if you’d like!
The little ones will love this Patriotic Punch! Remember using Twizzlers for straws as a kid? So fun!
4th of July Games
We’re all about embracing the simpler times in our history, and your 4th of July cookout is the perfect place for this! Rather than buying a bunch of lawn games, try some light-hearted fun with these ideas!
Provide a few red, white, and blue bandanas and let everyone pick a partner. Tie their ankles together and let the race begin! Have a streamer at the end to mark the finish line and give away small prizes like popsicles or bags of popcorn.
Use Your Noodle
Cut a few pool noodles in half and blow up several balloons. The object of the game? Corral your balloons into a laundry basket (or designated area of the yard) using only your pool noodle! Whoever gets the most is the winner!
Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss
The magic of your 4th of July cookout is going to begin at night when the fireworks start. This is a great time to play some glow-in-the-dark games until the big show! Glow-in-the-dark necklaces can be used as a ring to toss at stakes painted with glow paint. Or tape some glow sticks to the stake to mark your target.
If you have lots of guests coming, you could always consider adding a little something extra to your 4th of July cookout! An Americana, folk, or country band can provide some patriotic tunes, while a classic rock band can get the party rolling. Check out other local family-friendly entertainment options on GigSalad!
Planning a huge 4th of July cookout for the whole neighborhood? You may need some help with your pyrotechnics. Find an expert to make sure you still have all 10 fingers at the end of the night!