Ready to make your July 4th menu extra fun and festive? We’ve searched from sea to shining sea for the best red, white and blue recipes—from a wowza 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

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

— Abigail Matsumoto