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20 Delicious Ideas For Your July 4th Party

Let's eat, 'Murica.

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1. Tipsy Arnold Palmer

A classic made even better with bourbon. Get the recipe.
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A classic made even better with bourbon. Get the recipe.

2. Red Sangria

I pledge allegiance / to the sangria... Get the recipe here.
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I pledge allegiance / to the sangria... Get the recipe here.

3. Big Batch Matador

Three-ingredient cocktails are an easy way to keep your 4th simple and boozy. Get the quick recipe here.
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Three-ingredient cocktails are an easy way to keep your 4th simple and boozy. Get the quick recipe here.

4. Whiskey Punch

Nothing quite says 'Murica like Jack Daniels. Get your fix here.
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Nothing quite says 'Murica like Jack Daniels. Get your fix here.

5. Spicy Shrimp

You're already sweating so you might as well get a lil' hotter with these puppies. How-to here.
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You're already sweating so you might as well get a lil' hotter with these puppies. How-to here.

6. Spicy Meatballs

Whether you're having a fancy-schmancy cocktail party or a backyard cookout, these meatballs should go on the menu. Get the recipe here.
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Whether you're having a fancy-schmancy cocktail party or a backyard cookout, these meatballs should go on the menu. Get the recipe here.

7. Wonder Fries

AKA wonder(ful) fries. Get the recipe here.
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AKA wonder(ful) fries. Get the recipe here.

8. Grilled Avocado Halves with Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

A lighter break from the BBQ and pie. Get the recipe here.
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A lighter break from the BBQ and pie. Get the recipe here.

9. DIY Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Homemade bread is ~always~ a crowd pleaser. Learn how to make these here.
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Homemade bread is ~always~ a crowd pleaser. Learn how to make these here.

10. Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Sauce is boss. Get grillin' here.
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Sauce is boss. Get grillin' here.

11. The New Englandah Burger

Calling all cheeseburger lovers. Get the recipe here.
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Calling all cheeseburger lovers. Get the recipe here.

12. Avocado Crab Rolls

Ditch the grill; seafood for all! Get the recipe.
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Ditch the grill; seafood for all! Get the recipe.

SIDES:

13. Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts

Take advantage of summer's bounty. Get your zucchini fill here.
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Take advantage of summer's bounty. Get your zucchini fill here.

14. Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Corn on the cob just got a major upgrade, by way of butter and basil. Get the recipe here.
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Corn on the cob just got a major upgrade, by way of butter and basil. Get the recipe here.

15. Baking Sheet Mac and Cheese

One tray to rule them all. Get the recipe here.
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One tray to rule them all. Get the recipe here.

16. Roasted Potato Salad

This cookout staple is way better homemade. Get the recipe here.
James Ransom / food52.com

This cookout staple is way better homemade. Get the recipe here.

DESSERTS:

17. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Give this classic summer dessert the red, white, and blue treatment. Get the recipe here.
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Give this classic summer dessert the red, white, and blue treatment. Get the recipe here.

18. All-American Rocket Pops

Let popsicles quench your thirst this 4th of July. Get the all-natural recipe here.
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Let popsicles quench your thirst this 4th of July. Get the all-natural recipe here.

19. Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

And the entertainer of the year goes to... YOU. Get the recipe here.
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And the entertainer of the year goes to... YOU. Get the recipe here.

20. American Flag Cake

Last but definitely not least, see your guests out with a slice of good 'ole American flag cake. Learn how to make it here.
Mark Weinberg / food52.com

Last but definitely not least, see your guests out with a slice of good 'ole American flag cake. Learn how to make it here.

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