Festive, No-Fuss 4th of July Appetizers
The Fourth of July is a day for friends, family, fireworks, and of course, food. Whether you’re serving burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, or creating a new holiday tradition with something completely different, these Fourth of July appetizers will work with anything that’s on your menu. Get everyone in the spirit with a delicious platter of finger foods or other bite-sized treats that you can enjoy with a cold beer, cocktail, or glass of lemonade. Most of these recipes make good use of in-season July fruits and vegetables, like our Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches, Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts, and Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash. And some can be prepped in advance, like our Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs and Easy Summer Appetizer Board. And if you’re looking for Fourth of July appetizers that can travel well, try our Pickled Tiny Tomatoes or Buttery Garlic Shrimp. Whatever recipe you choose, these fun and festive dishes are designed to please a big crowd with just a little effort.
Dry-Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings
Recipe: Dry-Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings
Bringing your smoker to the party? Try these incredible dry-rubbed chicken wings from our barbecue cookbook, South’s Best Butts. Coated with a Memphis-style dry rub and cooked low and slow for tender results, these ribs are finger lickin' good—and your guests will agree.
Recipe: Party Poppers
This spicy bite-sized snack is always a recipe for success at any summer party. Stuffed with chicken-cream cheese filling and wrapped in some hickory-smoked bacon, these poppers are begging to make an appearance this Fourth of July.
Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
July is the best time of year to make this decadent baked cheese appetizer, when Southern peaches are in their prime. If you can’t find Brie packed in a wooden box, bake the cheese in a small pie plate or baking dish.
Mini Shrimp Rolls
Recipe: Mini Shrimp Rolls
Get ready to show off a little bit—because everyone will devour these cute little sandwiches made with shrimp, celery, and pickled jalapenos. Every Fourth of July celebration deserves these fresh shrimp salad rolls.
Pickled Tiny Tomatoes
Recipe: Pickled Tiny Tomatoes
These colorful little flavor bombs are delicious eaten on their own or alongside a platter of cured meats and cheeses. Use different types of grape or cherry tomatoes for the prettiest presentation.
Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Recipe: Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
These tasty little bites made with puff pastry and colorful cherry tomatoes will be the hit of any summer party.
Goat Cheese and Gouda Pimiento Cheese
Give your classic pimiento cheese a special twist for your backyard or beachside cookout. This variation with sharp white Cheddar, Gouda, and goat cheeses makes for an extra creamy and rich pimiento cheese that is sure to be a hit.
Easy Summer Appetizer Board
Recipe: Easy Summer Appetizer Board
We gave this party favorite a distinctive Southern accent with pickled okra, country ham, and toasted pecans. Arrange the snacks on a large wooden board or serving platter, and let guests help themselves.
Buttery Garlic Shrimp
Recipe: Buttery Garlic Shrimp
The heavenly smell of garlic, white wine, and butter is the perfect way to welcome company, and this recipe only takes 15 minutes to make, so you can whip it up right before everyone arrives.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
We combined two Fourth of July favorites—Deviled eggs and potato salad—into one crowd-pleasing recipe. Make them a day before your get-together, and chill until you head out. When you arrive, they'll be the right serving temperature.
Recipe: Mini Muffulettas
These sandwiches might be small, but they pack a flavorful punch. Stuffed with layers of cheese, cold cut, and pickled vegetables, these are sure to please the crowd this summer. Test Kitchen Tip: You can prepare the muffulettas the day before, store in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight.
Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Juicy melon, salty prosciutto, and creamy mozzarella come together for a perfect skewer-sized snack. Take this summer salad on the road with this easy and portable recipe.
Shrimp Bowl Skewers
Recipe: Shrimp Bowl Skewers
Enjoy the fun and flavor of a shrimp boil in one hand-held bite. Everyone will love these hearty shrimp and sausage skewers.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Give your classic spinach dip a delicious new twist. The secret to this crowd-pleasing dip is the flavorful addition of sweet Vidalia onions. Serve with fresh vegetables for a dippable, light appetizer.
Picnic Egg Salad
Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad
This summer salad offers a classic, no-fuss snack that you can serve as a spread with toasted baguette slices or as tea-sized sandwiches. Especially if you're in a pinch, this egg salad is a quick, delicious fix.
Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
These deviled eggs are perfect for any Fourth of July party that doesn’t mind a little heat. Add some Tex-Mex flair with cilantro, green onion, and serrano or jalapeño peppers.
Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread
These open-faced sandwiches with a refreshing cucumber spread are a cool and creamy addition to your Fourth of July spread. Make use of your seasonal tomatoes, and serve open-faced as a filling, yet snackable party appetizer.
Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs
Recipe: Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs
These pork spareribs are a great party starter because they can be eaten out of hand and served at room temperature. You can even prep them a day in advance, through step three. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Not sure what to do with those cute little pattypan squash popping up at the farmers’ market? Stuff them with a delicious goat cheese-pimiento spread and watch them disappear.