With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for some of the best food, most fun, and great traditions. And as we all know, there’s one event that combines all of those things: The 4th of July. What better way to come together with friends and family for good times, good food, and good drinks than to celebrate our glorious country? That’s why we’ve come up with this amazing list of 24 4th of July shirts & fun to celebrate your love for America! We’ll cover both shirts and attire for both him and her, as well as some fun recipes and cute decorations. So without further ado, let’s get started! (If you want to skip to some great deals, here’s the 4th of July shirts.)
Shirts for Him
Tasteful & Casual American Flag
If you want something both tasteful and celebratory, try this flag shirt for men. Its design is centered around the arms, shoulders, and neck, leaving the chest and stomach clothed in crisp white. This is a great shirt for the office or fireworks show! Perfect for more business-casual affairs.
Bold & Proud
This polo is bold and proud, just like our country. With stars on one side and stripes on the other, there’s no missing this 4th of July shirt (or the pride it carries with it!)
Cool & Comfortable
Keep cool and show your pride with this comfortable shirt. Made polyester tech fabric, it’s sure to keep you cool even when the fireworks are blazing. Great for backyard BBQs, work parties, or just amazing get-togethers with friends.
Casual & Cool
This awesome button down will keep you looking proud while feeling comfortable. Made from woven cotton, it’s easy to beat the summer heat while you celebrate our nation’s freedom.
Refreshing & Breathable Polo
For a more party-appropriate shirt, try this one. This button-down has an abundance of stars and stripes. It’s made from 100% cotton and comes with with a convenient pocket for storing away your phone or pens.
Attire For Her
Slimming & Cool
This button down is tapered to give you an ultra-feminine look while showing just how proud you are to be an American. With short sleeves, a modest hemline, and a playful collar, any proud American woman will look amazing in it!
Stylish & Modest Women
If you want to show your pride while looking fabulous, try out this modest, yet stylish button down. With breathable materials and long sleeves, it’s perfect for those cool summer nights. This would be just right for the office, or out for dinner.
Proud & Healthy
Whether you like to utilize essential oils for their health benefits or as a more natural perfume, wearing this beautiful essential oil American flag necklace will compliment your look while keeping you feeling your best. It comes with red, white, and blue inserts to match your best 4th of July look!
Subtle, Stylish, & Cute
Get a matching bracelet to compliment your necklace, or wear it as a stand-alone piece. It will show your pride in a tasteful (and pleasantly fragrant!) way. It also comes with red, white, and blue inserts. So you can mix-and-match, or keep it monotone to make your look party-or-work-appropriate!
Of course, no party is complete without some great food! While you may want to break out your favorite hamburger or steak recipes, here are a few new ones you can try out to impress your friends and family alike. We’ve tried to pick a variety of meals that are delicious, healthy, fun, and festive. All of these could easily be enjoyed inside or outside. So sit out on the lawn and eat some of these amazing dishes while you watch the fireworks blossom!
Easy Pork Ribs
This is one of the easiest, most delicious pork rib recipes you could hope to find. And the best part is, you only need a handful of ingredients! It’s a 3-hour recipe that you can cook right away – no marination required! Ribs are a pretty traditional 4th of July food, but they can easily be added as a side or offered along with a variety of other entrees. This is a real crowd pleaser and will go with many of the dishes that we recommend!
Caprese Salad Skewers
These easy and delicious skewers aren’t just good for you, they’re super quick to make and a huge hit to boot! They make for great appetizers, or add a light and fresh side to a meaty entree! If you’ve never had this treat before, we assure you that you will not be disappointed. If you want to skip the skewer step and go with a “traditional” caprese salad, it would still be very appropriate for a 4th of July party.
Sugar-Glazed Grilled Lamb
If you want something a little different this 4th of July, try out this awesome recipe for brown sugar-glazed grilled lamb. It goes well with a variety of sides, and offers both a sweet and savory meat for any main course! We recommend greens like steamed broccoli or green beans and baked or mashed potatoes!
Unbeatable Steak Rolls
These are sure to please everyone from the health conscious to the meat lover! Not only are they tasty, they incorporate fresh veggies and a delicious balsamic glaze. If your family is big on meats, this can be a great side dish, or it can be easily paired with a wide array of sides. The best part is that if you’re in a hurry or on a budget, you can easily add this to a sandwich, serve it with rice, or put it on a bed of noodles to make it a “complete” meal.
Steak Kebabs – Hawaiian Style
Quick, easy, flavorful, and fun, these kebabs are an amazing summer treat. They’re perfect for any 4th of July themed party, and can be enjoyed over and over, and over again! They’re great as a potluck item, on their own, and can work well with grilled corn, baked potatoes, and so much more! They’re also really easy to switch out or add ingredients to fit your taste or dietary restrictions.
Sweets to Celebrate
Whether it’s a cake for dessert, or cookies and others goodies to celebrate throughout the day, we’ve found a few of the best 4th of July sweets! Enjoy these all on your own, or give the grandkids a great reason to look forward to coming to your house for the 4th. Our big focus was recipes that were easy, fun, and refreshing. Nothing too heavy or time-intensive. However you choose to show your patriotism this Independence Day, enjoy some (or all!) of these amazing confections this year!
These super-cute TNT firework cupcakes are sure to please your grandkids and your neighbors. Though they look amazing, they’re actually quite simple to make – and tasty, too! These are great to enjoy with lunch or as a snack before dinner. These are especially fun to do with your grandkids, as they would love to help with the assembly of these awesome cupcakes.
Red, White, & Blue Rice Crispy Treats
Chances are you already have your favorite rice crispy treat recipe. If not – you can always pick up a pack for pretty cheap! All you need to transform them into something worthy of Independence Day is this! Dip them in red or blue chocolate, add some sprinkles and drizzles, and you have the perfect quick-and-easy 4th of July treat!
Patriotic Party Platters
There are lots of great ideas out there, but our favorite is this! With a healthy dose of fresh fruits, and a delicious combination of chocolate and pretzels, your guests will appreciate the more health-conscious and simply scrumptious platter! You can easily offer a variety of these scrumptious platters throughout the day, or at the same time if you’re hosting a large party.
No-Bake Berry Delight
While you may want to incorporate a little blue dye into this recipe to make it a true red, white, and blue experience, this recipe is delicious and perfectly captures both the flair of summer and the freedom of America. This is another fun recipe that you can do with your grandkids. Let your freedom ring with this tasty no-bake delight!
This awesome recipe deserves to make the list if for no other reason – and believe us, it makes it for taste and presentation alone! – the incorporation of star fruit. This delicious and light fruit pairs perfectly with the other summer fruits and berries. It makes for a wonderful snack or a light dessert. This is definitely a recipe that you’ll want to keep around to use around Christmas time, too! You can easily adapt it for a red, green, and white theme!
Before we move on, we feel that there are a few honorable mentions that you should check out! This list of awesome drinks, these awesome “mini burger” appetizers, and these awesome jello cups! These could all easily be added to any party for an extra little flair of deliciousness!
Amazing 4th of July Accouterments
No party is complete without the right accouterments to really put it over the top. While there are tons of awesome ways to deck out your home and lawn for the 4th this year, we’ve put together a few must-haves for any type of celebration you may have.
DIY Patriotic String Lights
Break out the clear Christmas lights – it’s time to get crafty! With this guide, you’ll be able to make adorable, festive lights for your 4th of July party. These can be hung inside or outside and will compliment a variety of themes – whether you tend to go more subtle or more loud with your decorations.
Independence Day Centerpiece
Make your own beautiful centerpiece by following this guide. You can easily make changes here and there to make it fit your theme, or keep with it for an awesomely patriotic DIY decoration.
Red, White, & Blue Lights
Very similar to the string lights, but with a much different feel are these. This is a great patriotic craft to do with the grand kids as it’s easy, cheap, and quick. You can spend part of the day letting the little ones help make these while you wait for the fireworks!
Painted Lawn Stars
If you’re having an outdoor party, this is a must! It’s cute, fun, and festive. It’ll bring joy to your little ones, and add a fun pop to any type of party you’re hosting. Perfect for around the picnic table or the grilling area. If your grand kids are a little older, they may really enjoy helping to decorate the lawn!
4th of July Bottle Lights
These cute and festive bottles aren’t just easy to make, they’re super inexpensive! Another great craft to work on with your grand kids in between snacking. Set them out inside or outside while you wait for the fireworks for that extra little touch of patriotic beauty!
There are so many great ways to show your pride this 4th of July. With a little creativity, kitchen magic, and a few prayers to God, this year’s 4th of July party is sure to be your best yet. Just remember that regardless of how you show your love for our country, the fact that you take pride in it is what counts. Take a few moments this 4th to teach your little ones a little about the meaning of this country. Celebrate history, family, and the great US of A! Just remember to practice a little caution when setting off fireworks, especially if your grand kids are young and curious!