Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! In honor of 4th of July menus everywhere, we’ve rounded up patriotic dishes that will go off like gangbusters with big and little eaters alike. Click through the slideshow below for festive salads, creative desserts, refreshing mocktails and other ideas that will make your 4th extra fun.

Grilled Chicken with Red & Blue(berry) Salsa

If you’re itching to get your grill on this Independence Day then you’ve got to take a gander at this. Thanks to some festive salsa, you can turn standard barbecue fare into a 4th of July hit. Not feeling the chicken? This salsa works well with grilled fish, too. To expand your grill horizons, head on over to An Edible Mosaic.

photo: An Edible Mosaic

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

— Abigail Matsumoto, Erin Lem, & Susie Foresman