The Fourth of July is like the pinnacle of summer. The sun is out, it’s usually hot (unless you’re Chicago who sometimes seems to have her seasons confused!), there’s always some sort of family fun somewhere, and the kids are in full no-school bliss.
This year, we’re ready to get back to celebrating in a big way with backyard barbecues, watching fireworks, Independence Day-themed activities, and quality time spent with family and friends. If you’re hosting during the long weekend, we’ve rounded up recipes that are festive and easy to make—plus, the kids will enjoy eating them, too. From drinks and desserts to appetizers and main dishes, this list includes everything you need to ring in July 4th this year, however you’re celebrating.
Check out 12 kid-friendly Fourth of July recipes below!
Drinks & Desserts
2. Flag Cake
Appetizers & Main Dishes
This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for timeliness.