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These Easy Summer BBQ Recipes Are Perfect for Big Families

This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America's birthday. From traditional 4th of July foods (we’re talking about you, coleslaw and potato salad) to modern, creative finger foods, we've rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds — or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you’re eating beachside. You'll of course have to pair it with some delicious 4th of July apps, refreshing summer salads, or the best desserts to cap off a backyard barbecue. And don't forget the drink recipes to pair with all your cookout fare — it is the American way, after all.

And the fun doesn’t have to stop at your 4th of July menu: embrace your patriotic pride with some red-white-and-blue decorations or some creative crafts (we’ll be playing American Flag Corn Hole all summer long). The best way to celebrate living in the land of the free is with some old-fashioned summer fun, so go ahead and don your best blue garb, make some room on your plate, and raise a glass to 244 more years.