16 All-American Classics for the Fourth of July

July  3, 2017

The most patriotic holiday is right around the corner, and we've got you covered no matter how you choose to celebrate. Although typical Fourth of July fare is far from fancy—as it should be—we have a few ideas up our sleeve for making the best versions possible. Munch away on 16 of our American favorites from the mid-afternoon parade through evening fireworks. 

New England Lobster Rolls with Lemon Chive Mayonnaise by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Lobster rolls

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Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes


Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette by merrill


Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs by Genius Recipes


Texas Tailgate Burger by aargersi


James Beard's Strawberry Shortcakes by Genius Recipes



Corn Dogs by molly yeh

Corn dogs


Make Your Own Avocado Caesar by inpatskitchen


Brigit Binns' Crab Cakes by Genius Recipes


American Flag Cake by Erin McDowell

Flag cake


Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens by AntoniaJames


Martha Stewart's Slab Pie by Genius Recipes

Genius slab pie


Make Any Kind of Lemonade without a Recipe by Sarah Jampel



Chocolate Fantasy Brownie Bites by drbabs


The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers by Genius Recipes



Fudgesicles by Alice Medrich

This piece originally ran June 28, 2013. We're running an updated version in celebration of July 4th!

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Lane D. July 3, 2017
Noooo! I was planning to make one of the recipes from the un-updated version, then went back to double check my grocery list today, and it's gone! Where can I find the old list? These new ideas look tasty but I was really counting on the old ones (the corn especially, how can you have 4th of July without corn??)
Christina @. July 3, 2013
Okay, the bacon and egg salad sandwich is one of those "why didn't I think of that" genius ideas! I actually named my red, white and blue trifles, "All-American" last year, so I think they could be added to this list of recipes-so easy, and mostly fruit! :)
hollyhu July 3, 2013
Brigette Davis for the Southern woman guilt, e'rrrybody!
BrigetteDavis July 3, 2013
You know Pegeen, when you don't have your mother to talk to anymore, maybe you will think twice about how it is such a problem to speak to her for an hour. Think about when she is gone and then you may wish you had just one more chance to have a conversation. Please slow down and be thankful for what you have instead of being in such a rush. Over baked beans for Pete's sake. Gawd.
em-i-lis June 29, 2013
Those ribs are FANTASTIC and I agree re: the baked beans!! Where?!?! I'm going to make strawberry shortcakes and sdebrango's Brooklyn Blackout Cake. Everything else is TBD (I like dessert). :)
Pegeen June 28, 2013
No baked beans? :-)
Kristen M. June 30, 2013
Here's a good one! (With less sugar.)
Pegeen June 30, 2013
Thanks, Kristen! Can't find my Mom's and if I phone I her to ask for it, I'll be on the phone for an hour. :-)
Albert P. July 3, 2013
think of it this way..someday you wont be able to call her to reminise about anything.
Hunter W. June 28, 2013
There is one glaring item that is missing, and that is Ian Knauer's Ribs. Deviled eggs and and egg salad sandwich? I think one of those needs to be replaced!