Ready to make your Independence Day menu extra fun and festive? We’ve searched from sea to shining sea for the best red, white and blue desserts and appetizers—from a watermelon cake to refreshing salads and playful popsicles. Flip through the photo gallery below for Independence Day dishes that are sure to impress.

4th of July Cake

We’re gaga for this uber-creative cake! It’s colorful, fruit-ful, and doesn’t require any fancy cake pans—really! Now that’s what we call a show-stopping July 4th dessert! Find out how to carve your own country over at Jacks & Kate.

photo: Jacks & Kate


Which one of these colorful dishes will you make this year? Share feedback in the Comments below!

— Abigail Matsumoto

Feature photo: Christi Johnstone via Flickr Patriotic recipes