How to Make This Year’s 4th of July BBQ Special

Independence Day is just around the corner, which means it's time to fire up the grill, gather friends and family, and spread your blankets underneath the stars to watch the fireworks. Whether you’re hosting or attending a 4th of July BBQ, bringing your spin on something special can make the event even more memorable. 

Here are some delicious ideas for what to bring to your 4th of July social:

Firework Brownies - A Great Activity for Kids

Here’s something for the kids to do while you wait for the fireworks to start: Have them create vibrant, personalized fireworks art on brownies. At the outing, have 2-3 different colors of frosting on hand, either in store-bought squeeze tubes of icing or homemade, colored frosting in plastic containers. Use edible glitter, sprinkles, stars or other decorations to make their creations pop (No pun intended)! 

The best dessert to bring is a real crowd-pleaser like individually wrapped brownies and blondies in assorted varieties, like those from Greyston Bakery; buy them directly from the bakery hereThis activity not only provides a creative outlet for the children but also adds a festive and delicious touch to the celebration. For the adults, spread the colorful packages on a platter or in a basket for guests to grab and indulge. Everyone can enjoy scrumptious brownies, and know that eating them does good by helping to provide job opportunities for people who've experienced barriers to employment – they’re delicious brownies that have an incredible social impact!”

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Skewers

Kick off the festivities with a refreshing and visually appealing appetizer. Thread blueberries, banana slices and watermelon cubes onto skewers for a patriotic and nutritious treat everyone will love.

All-American Burgers - Your Way!

You can't go wrong with burgers at a BBQ, but not everyone likes a classic ground beef burger. So, make or bring whatever you and your family enjoy most - turkey burgers and plant-based protein burgers are all good – just make sure to bring the buns, and a variety of toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, too. Consider offering different cheeses, such as cheddar, swiss, and provolone, and if you get your burger fixins and condiments at a local Farmers’ Market, that makes the meal even more meaningful.

Potato Salad - Classic Style or With A Twist

A BBQ staple, potato salad is a crowd-pleaser. Make a creamy potato salad with boiled potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, and hard-boiled eggs. For a twist, try a German potato salad with a tangy vinegar dressing.

Corn on the Cob - With a Kick!

Grilled corn on the cob is simple yet delightful. Brush the cobs with a bit of butter and sprinkle with salt before grilling. For an extra flavor kick, bring along some toppings like grated Parmesan cheese, chili powder, or lime wedges.

No matter what you decide to bring, the most important thing is to put your special touch on it and enjoy the time spent with friends and family. Happy Independence Day and happy grilling!