Fourth of July is one of summer’s best celebrations with family, fun, food, and fireworks, of course.
Whether you’re celebrating with a casual 4th of July picnic or prepping or a blowout block party, Southern Living has your complete Independence Day entertaining plan. You’ll find timelines, decorating ideas, and simple yet crowd-pleasing 4th of July party recipes. Start with drinks that will whet their whistle, from lemonade iced tea to blackberry cocktails. Move on to 4th of July party appetizers like barbecue deviled eggs. Then, fire up the grill for creative hot dog ideas or classic baby back ribs. Finally, you’ll need a no-fail Fourth of July dessert like ice cream floats or the classic Americana apple pie. Don’t forget the festive touches, like red and white striped straws and star confetti. If you’re looking for a show-stopping event, we have lists of the best 4th of July fireworks in your area from Savannah to Sarasota. Get started here and pledge your allegiance to throwing a spectacular 4th of July party.