The Fourth of July is a time when family and friends get together to eat great American classics, celebrate the birth of our nation, and deck out the house with plenty of red, white, and blue. Although it might be hot outside, there is no reason to sweat over the menu—or the decorations for that matter. The best way to ensure a fun Independence Day barbecue for you and your guests is to plan ahead and keep it simple.

Here are 4 tips to make your fourth of July BBQ a smashing success!

Show Your Stars and Stripes

Having a theme in mind before you begin shopping for food and party supplies makes planning your backyard cookout much easier. It is no secret that patriotism is a common theme during the fourth of July. Party supply stores like Dollar Tree and Party City carry patriotic party supplies at cheap prices. Need something quick on a tight budget? You won’t have to spend a dime on these patriotic party printables that will liven up your backyard celebration with a unique twist.

Keep Things Simple

To keep yourself from running around in circles and missing out on all the fun, you should plan a simple get-together without too many facets, and delegate some responsibilities to others. A grill master can be assigned for the afternoon—there is always someone who loves to be behind the grill flipping burgers and telling stories! As a party host, you might also consider having someone look after refilling the ice and drinks—on hot Long Island days, nothing is worse than running out of cold refreshments.

Stick to the Classics

Make those fireworks fly while munching on some classic BBQ favorites and a dash of patriotic red, white, and blue-themed food ideas. Start with some festive drinks or crowd-pleasing finger foods, and do not forget to leave room for some mouthwatering July 4th themed desserts!

Regardless of what you planned for this fun-filled holiday, these themed dish ideas have got your bases covered. Check out some of our favorite recipes below:


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