Creating the Perfect 4th of July Menu

Happy 4th of July! It’s that red, white and blue time of year again as we gear up for America’s birthday next week!

With beautiful weather in the forecast, you’re likely planning a BBQ, pool party, or day on the lake! From fireworks to parades, most people are likely to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and eat some delicious food and 4th of July desserts!

Are you a restaurant owner who plans to be open on the 4th of July? Maybe you offer patio, deck, or outdoor seating? Check out our tips on how to gear up your restaurant for food, fireworks and fun!

From grilling safety tips to the perfect 4th of July recipes, be sure you are covering all bases when creating your menu. Why not incorporate America’s color scheme into your dishes if possible?

4th of July Recipes

If you plan on hosting a BBQ or attending a potluck party at the lake and need to bring a dish to pass, here are a few ideas on what to cook!

  • Burgers and Hot Dogs
  • Sausage and Bratwurst
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Grilled Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Fruit Salad
  • Chips and Dip
  • Potato Salad

Patriotic Desserts

It wouldn’t be a holiday without special 4th of July desserts! From good ole’ fashioned red, white and blur Firecracker ice pops to a homemade fruit tart, there are plenty of options!

  • American Flag Cake
  • Red, white and blue trifle with strawberries, blueberries and plain Greek yogurt and granola
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Rhubarb pie
  • Blueberry Cobbler

4th of July Food Safety Tips

After you’ve chosen your menu items, be aware of how to prep and serve your food.

As you prepare your Independence Day menu, be sure proper food safety practices are followed.

Let’s break down some basic tips for your weekend festivities:

Preparing Meats:

Grilling and eating outside is a perfect summertime activity but take caution in cooking and serving food since the weather is likely to be HOT.

  • Wash your hands!
    • The CDC estimates washings our hands can:
    • Reduce the risk of diarrhea by 31%
    • Reduce diarrheal illness in those with weakened immune systems by 58%
    • Reduce respiratory illness by 16-21%
  • Separate different meats to avoid cross-contamination
    • Consider keeping your burgers on one tray and the chicken in another
    • Do not use the same utensils to handle both
    • Wash all surfaces and utensils that were in contact with raw meat
  • Ensure all meats are cooked to their safest minimum temperature
    • Steak/Ground Beef: 160F.
    • Chicken/Turkey: 165F.
    • Seafood: 145F.

Preparing cold item, such as Fruits, Veggies & Salads:

What’s a little BBQ without some watermelon and macaroni salad?

However, if these staples are present, we can do a few things to protect them and us.

  • Cover all fruits and vegetables once prepared
  • Chill your produce & salads
    • Bacteria will start growing once produce goes above 40 degrees F
    • Lay your trays over ice or a refrigerated surface, if available
  • Rinse or blanch fruits and vegetables prior to prep
    • This will rid of any dirt or bacteria that may be on their skins

By simply implementing these best practices you will ensure the safety of your food this holiday weekend, all while protecting and enjoying the company of your friends and loved ones.

Have a safe, and fun-filled 4th of July!