Traditional fourth of july food


It’s the 4th of July today — Happy Birthday, America! — so what better way to celebrate than a quick ranking of the best foods that you’ll (hopefully) eat today.

1. Hot Dog

This is not some bigger commentary on the hot dog vs. hamburger debate. I love them both, but on the 4th of July, a hot dog just seems like the right call. It’s super easy to carry around and eat. That counts for a lot .


2. Hamburger

A close second and a country mile ahead of third. Classic, American favorite.

3. Wings

I love wings. Love ’em. They’re just kind of messy to eat, and once you do, you’re stuck with a bone that you need to discard. In a barbecue-type situation, that presents a challenge.


4. Potato Salad

Not to launch into a completely separate debate, but (good) potato salad is so delicious, it may well be the best side dish around.

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5. Cupcakes

Ease of transportation counts for a lot on these rankings, and when you’re mulling around a back yard somewhere with friends needing your sweet fix, a red, white and blue cupcake is the perfect solution.


6. Ribs

Delicious, of course, just messy and hard to eat while walking around. Also, for as good as they are, doesn’t really scream 4th of July.

Ribs (PHOTO: Eric Sonstroem/Creative Commons)

7. Baked Beans

I mean, they’re good, don’t get me wrong, but who’s going to a 4th of July cookout for the beans?


8. Corn on the Cob

Most overrated cookout food around. Falls into the pancake category: A food that carries a ton of sentimental value for lots of people, but in reality, needs to be slathered in a bunch of other stuff in order to taste good. Also, sneaky annoying to eat.


9. Coleslaw

Just a worse version of potato salad.


All the food you need to eat on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is all about dressing up in ridiculously patriotic attire, decorating the backyard in American flags, turning the music up and having people over for an all-day picnic or barbecue. Then, of course, there’s the beach parties, parades, music festivals and fireworks that every town puts on. But let’s not forget, we’re celebrating America’s independence!

While the parades and fireworks are wild and fun, the food on Independence Day is simple and, for lack of a better word, American. It’s usually cooked outdoors and consumed at regular intervals throughout the day because the food keeps flowing from the grill and people keep adding dishes to the picnic table in a potluck style.

Here’s all the 4th of July food you need to eat to help you celebrate America. Prepare for a feast!

Hot Dogs

Let’s jump right into it! The hot dog is a classic American food staple and it’s the star of Independence Day. Other than thousands of people gathering to watch Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest on Coney Island, Americans are throwing heaps of wiener dogs on the grill.

Whether you put ketchup or mustard on your dog is the great, unsettled debate among the American people. Our advice? Squeeze both condiments on the dog and add a squirt of relish. Yum. It doesn’t get more American than that.

Potato Salad

If you’re at a picnic or a barbecue on the 4th of July, there is a VERY high chance that there will be more than one type of potato salad on the table. That’s because people love to believe that their potato salad recipe is the best!

It’s one of those side dishes that Americans are very proud of, and the best recipe is usually passed down within the family. If you’re looking to make it yourself, boil potatoes for 15 minutes (unskinned), then peel and chop them. Throw them in a bowl with hard boiled eggs (chopped), mayo, vinegar, bacon bits, sliced onion and whatever else you think might make a worthy potato salad to show off to your friends! Mix it up and you’ve got yourself another version to add to the table.

Macaroni Salad

You won’t see the potato salad on the picnic table without its fraternal twin, the macaroni salad. You’re probably wondering why you would need two very similar, yet totally different carbolicious sides at a picnic? Well, it’s tradition. And just as there will be different versions of potato salad on the table, there will be different versions of the macaroni salad.

If you want to contribute your own version, boil a pot of elbow macaroni, then throw in some of the same ingredients from the potato salad, such as mayo, vinegar and onion. Add other goodies like capsicum, carrot, celery and a little bit of mustard. How can you not need both carbolicious sides?!


For some reason, the hamburger (as American as it is) doesn’t get as much love as the hot dog on Independence Day. People still throw it on the barbie, but it’s there as another option in case the dogs run out. Toast the buns, grill the patty, throw a slice of cheese on it (if you like), then dress it up with lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup and mustard. Mmm, better than McDonald’s.

Baked Beans

Baked beans may seem small, but they are mighty. It’s one of those side dishes that you can’t deny because you know, deep down, that baked beans go with what you’re eating at a barbeque. And no side gets left behind on the 4th of July.

Put a fun twist on your baked beans recipe by adding diced ham, maple syrup, cooked onion and a dash of Worcestershire sauce to the pot. Mmmm. That’s more like it!

Deviled Eggs

You’ll notice deviled eggs at a 4th of July picnic hiding behind the beans and the salads. You won’t be able to fit them on your overflowing plate of food, so you look at them and say you’ll be back.

Then you go back for seconds and they’re gone! That’s the common saga of the deviled eggs. People don’t usually cook enough to suffice an entire barbeque, so you gotta make sure to put the deviled eggs on your plate first! Better yet, bring your own!

Boil eggs, then peel the shell and slice the egg lengthwise. Scoop out the yolk and place it in a bowl. Mash the yolk using a fork and add the ingredients you used for the potato salad (mayo, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper). Scoop out the mixture, place it back into the sliced egg white and sprinkle it with paprika. Voilá! More deviled eggs for everybody!

Corn On The Cob

This is a no-brainer, although, the way you cook corn on the cob is yet another great American food debate. You can either throw the shucked corn on the grill for 20 minutes, making sure to turn it every five minutes (this method gets you that crunchy, chargrill taste).

Or you can grab a sheet of aluminum foil, place a few slices of butter on it, wrap the corn in it, then place it on the grill for 20 minutes. This method gives you that tender, buttery corn taste. So what’s it gonna be? With or without the foil? Don’t make it more complicated than it should be! Corn is corn, ya know?

Fruit Pizza

You’ll have your traditional fruit salad and your awkward fruit shish kabobs on the 4th of July, but what some crafty Americans love eating is fruit pizza! Whip up a sugar cookie crust (basically, bake one extra large sugar cookie), spread a thick layer of cool whip over the top, then layer it with fruit. Bonus points if you get patriotic and design an American flag fruit pizza using blueberries, strawberries and banana. Tastes like America!


Poured in a red solo cup because #Merica.


Bowls and bowls of watermelon! Get creative with it by throwing it on the grill and sprinkling it with salt (sounds weird, right?!). But seriously, grilled watermelon gives it a smoky and sweet taste that will knock your socks off.

Americans also love carving watermelon… just like you would carve a pumpkin. It’s a funky way to spice up the fruit platter. And, of course, fruit tastes better when it’s eaten out of a watermelon carved as a pirate ship.


You’ll only see a clambake if you’re celebrating the 4th of July in the Northeast United States. At a proper New England Independence Day picnic, you’ll find an awkwardly extra large pot on the table that’s filled with red potatoes, corn, mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp and lobster tails. That pot of seafood has been steaming and soaking up butter for many hours and it’s begging you to dig in! You don’t have to tell us twice!

BBQ… Anything!

Just like you’ll find a clambake in New England, you’re sure to find BBQ something at a 4th of July picnic in the South! It could be BBQ ribs, BBQ brisket, BBQ chicken, BBQ chips — you name it! That BBQ sauce is going to dress something up and it’s going to be delicious. If you happen to be heading to an Independence Day celebration in the South, just bring a bottle of your favourite BBQ sauce and you’re good to go!


At the end of the day — after all the parades, picnics and fireworks — light a campfire and pull up a chair. It’s time to make S’mores. You’re probably thinking that you can’t possibly fit anything else in your stomach after a day of continuous eating, but alas! You can make room for an ooey-gooey S’more.

Roast marshmallows over the fire and break out the graham crackers and the chocolate. Place the fluffy, slightly burnt marshmallow in the middle of the graham crackers and chocolate to make the best American treat to end a great American holiday. That’s how you celebrate the 4th of July!

About the author:

Marina Nazario is a food and travel writer from America, currently living in the land Down Under. She’s passionate about meeting people, immersing herself in different cultures, and eating her way around the world. You can follow her misadventures on Twitter and her blog Marina’s Milestones.

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Happy Fourth of July (The American Independence Day): Know The Traditional Foods Associated With The Festival

United States citizen, home and abroad, are celebrating their Independence today, also fondly referred to as the Fourth of July. The day marks the official independence of the States from their British Predecessors, in 1776. The historic American Revolution came to a close when Great Britain decided to legally set free the 13 British colonies on American land. The Declaration of Independence was originally set to come out on 2nd July but the Congress held it back and finally released it on the Fourth of July, giving entire America a reason to rejoice forever. The Fourth of July emerged to be much more than just a historic date; it became a nationwide festival for all American citizens. Globally too, Fourth of July is one of the most talked about occasion.

The Fourth of July is a national holiday across the entire State. The celebrations typically take place outdoors, making most of the pleasant summery weather. Several families go to watch the ritualistic parade and carnivals. Politicians and diplomats take the podium to address the citizen and talk about the great heritage of America and the current day challenges and developments of the state. Later in the day, families and relatives often celebrate by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue. It is also a common tradition to decorate the streets and houses in red, white, and blue – the colours of the American flag . The lavish fireworks after dark at parks, fairgrounds or town squares concludes the day.

Food plays an integral part in the celebrations too. Did you know that across the State there is a common practice of celebrating the occasion with red, white and blue foods? Intriguing, right? One could add them all together in a dessert (Think: A white parfait topped with blueberries and strawberries) or have them singled out in red weenies, BBQ sauce, red baked beans, a white cake or ice cream or a blue lemonade or cocktail. Fourth of July is the day to go wild with imagination and patriotism for Americans.

Here are the foods one can typically find in a Fourth of July feast –

1. Barbeque Delights
Since Family get-togethers or picnics are such a common fixture on 4th July, families often attend or host barbeques. Tender meat pieces marinated in a blend of hot spices and the lip smacking sauces, served hot with favourite accompaniments like beans and dips.

2. Hot dogs
Hot dogs or weenies are a common sighting on the grills. Sandwiched between a hot dog bun with Romanian lettuce, cheese mustard and a variety of sauces, this all-time favourite American snack has to be there. In fact no Fourth of July get together is complete without a hot dog.

3. Burgers
Can there be an American festival without burgers? America loves relishing on this greasy and sumptuous delight. Lamb, chicken, pork or vegetable patties thrown in between the burger buns with an eclectic mix of sauces and veggies. If Fourth of July is the nationwide excuse to indulge, the burgers lend their savoury contribution to the tradition with much aplomb.

4. Wedges, Fries and Dips
The fries, chips and wedges are other munching delights associated with the Fourth of July. Some even serve their regular potato wedges and French fries with cheese, lamb, bacon, herbs, along with dips and pickles.

5. Cool Salads
In the hot month of July, cold salads serve not only as a respite, but also as a break from the indulgently heavy culinary affair. Chicken Caesar Salad, Potato Salad and Creamy Coleslaw are some of the favourites.

6. Pie
Pies are an essential part of every American household, be it any festival or gathering. Sweet or savoury pies are always the most awaited treat of any party. Cherry and strawberry pies are favourites, along with meat pies.

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7. Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberries play an integral role in several Fourth of July dessert preparations, maybe due to its seasonal availability. They are part of parfaits, cakes, pastries and pies, and can also be enjoyed alone dipped in chocolate or tricoloured cream. However, one of the most loved desserts associated with Fourth of July is Strawberry Shortcake. A layered cake with strawberries, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

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8. Fruit Parfait
Fruit parfaits are an absolute hit in the Independence day celebrations, and also the preparation where one can go super imaginative with the red, blue and white additions.

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The ultimate summer chiller is a must in any 4th of July party.

Lemonade are very popular in fourth of July feast; Photo Credit: I stock

10. Grilled vegetables
CommentsYou thought 4th of July was an absolute meat fest? Think again. Barbequed Veggies, Ranched Potatoes and Baked Beans are favourites too. There is enough in store for the vegetarians, Grilled Corn and Veggies gives a strong competetion to its non veg counterparts.

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Happy 4th of July!

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

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