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.

Watermelon Star Bites

Do as we say: put down the melon baller. These star bites burst with flavor and will be a hit at your July 4th BBQ. Bonus: it's easy to get your kids involved in making this treat. Hop on over to Weelicious for the easy instructions.

photo: Weelicous

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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