Fireworks, flags, and fun! The 4th of July is the day to gather all your favorite people and eat all your favorite foods.
We've chosen recipes specially suited for an Independence Day celebration.
"Hamburgers? Yes. But basic fare? Definitely not! If you like blue cheese, you'll never forget these burgers." -- QUIKSMYLE, recipe submitter
Looking for fun suggestions for the Fourth? Run these ideas up the flag pole.
• Decorate with balloons, paper lanterns, or streamers in red, white and blue; break out the patriotic tableware?be as festive as you like!
• Set up some yard games such as croquet, badminton, or horseshoes.
• Pack up some plastic cups, a cooler full of drinks, and a bag of snacks for the firework displays. Don't forget a blanket or low lawn chairs--and mosquito repellent can save the evening.
• Put together an easy picnic to enjoy after the parade. Buy American flag toothpicks to hold sandwich slices together and for decorating cupcakes.
"Once you taste this you will never go back to the 'old' way of making cole slaw!" -- Marcy, recipe submitter
"Delicious pies made with fresh strawberries. Top with whipped cream if you like." -- Janice Papola, recipe submitter