Ahh, July 4th – a time when, regardless of our political views or feelings about the goings on of our country today, we all come together for ‘MURICA. Synonymous with wearing our patriotic red, white, and blue, Independence Day has also become the national holiday of barbecuing and getting together with loved ones.

If you need some help putting together your festivities, look no further than our July 4th party guide – once that’s taken care of, your next order of business is to figure out what to cook, or more specifically, what to grill. These recipes will have your mouth watering and your guests munching all day. Don’t forget the wet wipes!

STARTERS
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with lemony bread crumbs – recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello for Food & Wine

These gorgeous gifts of goodness are classy, easy, and light enough to let you keep eating all day.

Spicy peanut chicken kebabs – recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

Easy, pretty, and just messy enough, these kebabs will be sure to get the party started. Just make sure you prepare a lot – people will definitely be coming back for seconds!

Grilled bread with zucchini, ricotta, and basil – recipe courtesy of Sara Quessenberry for Real Simple

This is the perfect veggie option for those who are, well, veggie averse. The char taste from the bread and veggies will feel familiar, and the ricotta will cool everything off in the hot sun. Win win!

MAINS
Competition style barbecue ribs – recipe courtesy of Joshua Bousel for Serious Eats

Competition style? Can’t get better than that! Plus, Serious Eats is pretty much the mecca of essential recipes, so you know they can be trusted.

Hugh Acheson’s 4th of July grilled steak – recipe courtesy of Hugh Acheson for Wine Spectator

If you’re a foodie, you get that Hugh Acheson knows his stuff. If not, this guy is a genius. Making a top chef’s recipe? You’re in for a treat.

Grilled chicken thighs with white barbecue sauce – recipe courtesy of My Recipes and Southern Living

Have someone that doesn’t eat red meat? This is the perfect option, and beef lovers will take one sniff and need a try, too.

SIDES
Padma’s grilled corn – recipe courtesy of Padma Lakshmi for Better Homes and Gardens

Padma, the host of Top Chef (and a renowned cook in her own right) definitely picked up a few things tasting over 13 seasons of contestants concoctions. This corn is bound to be delicious, so make enough!

Grilled pineapple with lime dip – recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

The perfect refreshing side to all that meat, this tart treat will wow any eater. Our secret? How easy it is to make!

Grilled fingerling potato salad with chipotle bacon vinaigrette – recipe courtesy of Sam Sifton for New York Times

I’ve cooked a lot of random recipes, and anything I make from the New York Times is delish, so I can vouch. The best part of this potato salad, though, is bacon vinaigrette. Yes, please!

That should do it! Happy Independence Day, people!

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