Plan your Independence Day reunion around these scrumptious family favorites.

Home for the Fourth

Fourth of July Menu
(Serves 8)

The Fourth of July is a peak summer experience. It's a chance to savor a day of vacation pleasures--sleeping late, cooking out, and spending time with your family. We celebrate this day of our country's founding (and our independence from work and school) with fireworks and lots of fun.

This menu will complement your holiday activities with the season's favorite foods--burgers, shrimp, fresh tomatoes, green beans, and blackberries. Most of the recipes can be made the day before. However, the Fresh Blackberry Pie should be assembled and served on the same day for best results. You can prepare the hamburger patties ahead also, but cook them at mealtime for burgers that are deliciously hot and juicy.