Fourth of July Family Party Recipes

Dinner salad

Celebrating the Fourth of July means fun, fireworks and festive get-togethers. Whether you’re having a backyard barbeque with the family or inviting the whole neighborhood over for a holiday party, food planning and prep is key to your celebration. That said, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to cooking for your guests. Check out these easy-to-make recipe ideas that the kids can help out with!

Celebration Salad

Washing veggies, tearing lettuce and mixing it all together is super-simple. Even kids as young as the preschool years can help out with this starter. Add in your own homemade dressing, having the kids measure and mix oil, vinegar and seasonings.

Simple Sandwiches

Kids can slather jelly onto bread, add hummus to pita or stack cucumbers on crackers. Whatever sandwich your family likes, this is an easy one for kids of all ages.

Major Mix

Toss popcorn, pretzels and red, white and blue candies together to make a holiday snack mix. Drizzle with red, white and blue chocolate (use food coloring with white chocolate) or add in raisins, nuts or dried cranberries.

Patriotic Ice Cream Pops

Line a bread baking pan with wax paper. Set vanilla and strawberry ice cream out to melt slightly. Have the kids spoon the ice cream into two separate bowls (one for each flavor). Layer the melting ice cream and top with red, white and blue sprinkles. Evenly space popsicle sticks in the ice cream (space them according to how large or small you want to make the pops), and put the pan in the freezer. When it’s frozen, cut the pops into even pieces (teens can do this themselves, but you’ll need to take over the knife if you have a younger child).