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13 Last-Minute Snack Ideas for Celebrating America's Independence

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We're the kind of people who have to eat every three hours, and Pure Leaf Iced Tea is here to help with that.

Today: Celebrate America's 239th birthday with snacks, so many snacks. 


There is no holiday better suited for snacking than the Fourth of July.

There are two reasons for this: The holiday calls for day-long picnics in local parks and rooftop campouts under sky-brightening fireworks, and snack food is as American as barbecuing (and a heck of a lot easier). Which is why I’m trading in the menu-planning that comes with holidays for an impressive snack and drink line-up. We have a formula that will ensure a full day of eating (even while holding a sparkler). Here’s our guide to the best 4th of July snacks: 


Start with spirits. 


Frozen Banana Daiquiri
by Erik Lombardo
Sangria by Kenzi Wilbur
Punch by Kenzi Wilbur

Bring out the red, white, and bean dip.


Bright Red Beet Hummus
by Nicholas Day
White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw 
My Favorite Black Bean Dip by Madhuja

Move on to the bite-sized and break-apart.


Spicy Shrimp
 by Helen
Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs by inpatskitchen
Lamb Sliders with Feta Cheese, Red Onions, and Cumin Mayonnaise by daisyt13
Slab Galette with Swiss Chard and Gruyère by Alexandra Stafford

And, finally, p
ledge your allegiance to frozen desserts.


Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Lime Popsicles
 by Isadora 
Blackberry, Rosemary, and Yogurt Ice Pops by Amanda Hesser
Après Party Granita by Alice Medrich

What will you be serving at your 4th of July? Tell us in the comments below!

Slab galette by Alexandra Staffordall other photos by Bobbi Lin, James Ransom, and Mark Weinberg

Tags: snack time, snacks, 4th of july, cookout