While we know the holiday might look a little different this year, we bet you’ll still want to celebrate it—safely.
From backyard bashes to family bike rides, there’s no shortage of fun 4th of July activities to keep you and your loved ones busy this Independence Day. But few things truly personify the holiday spirit quite like backyard barbecue featuring a ton of fun summer party ideas, 4th of July party decorations, and an assortment of mouthwatering desserts to cap it all off! These over-the-top desserts, festive cocktails, BBQ hits and virtual events will really end the party with a bang!
Cocktail Recipes to Make July 4th Red, White and Boozy
No 4th of July backyard barbecue is complete without a dazzling array of festive thirst-quenching drinks. Instead of drinking the same light beer or seltzers, opt for something that’s more on par with the excitement that comes with celebrating the 4th of July. Check out a few of our faves that not only taste great but have patriotic spirit at heart.
The fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up your night when you’re sippin’ on this star spangled cocktail! For 55 years, Spec’s has been your Texas go-to for good times and gourmet foods. Now, with more than 100 stores across Texas, and more on the way, they’re bringing their mixology skills and wide selection to every corner of the Lone Star State. Check out the video below to make your very own Tequila Cobbler this Fourth of July.
The Gettysburg Address Cocktail
Most people come to DC for two reasons: history and politics. It’s what DC is really known for. And if you want a dining experience that really showcases both of those things, along with incredible food and fascinating art, you need to head to Lincoln Restaurant. This restaurant offers an unforgettable setting and a memorable meal. Lucky for us, we can experience Lincoln’s expression of artistic collaboration in gastronomy and mixology design by making our very own Gettysburg Address Cocktail at home. Cheers!
Boulton and Watt’s July 4th Cocktails
Boulton and Watt is mixing up some serious cocktails this 4th of July. The restaurant is named after two of the men that helped develop the steam engine. In keeping with the 19th century engineer theme, the space is adorned with old-time machinery and science doodads. The British vibe is echoed in the food menu, a collage of pub grub staples like the classic Scotch egg and pigs in a blanket. The drinks list is well put together too, with a mixture of classic cocktails and stylish signature staples. This July 4th, make a specialty cocktail at home. Choose from “Freedom Ring” to “Rooftop Fireworks” and many more.
Picture-Perfect Desserts Delivered to Your Door
Dessert is delicious, no matter how you slice it, but there’s something particularly wonderful about picture-perfect, Fourth of July–themed treats. Practically bursting with patriotism, these dishes also have just the right amount of American spirit with their reds, whites, and blues. Whether you’re heading to a socially distanced party with friends or keeping it small with just your immediate family this year, these desserts will be the stars of your Fourth of July celebration—sometimes, quite literally!
You may know Carlo’s Bakery, as they were featured on TLC’s Cake Boss in 2009, and are best known for a variety of cookies, cannoli and elaborate cakes. They are based in Hoboken, New Jersey and the best part—they ship nationwide. The Americana Cake is the perfect accessory for your Fourth of July dessert table. So how does it taste? Just as amazing as it looks and it will totally overshadow any fireworks display this Summer! Alternating red, white, and blue layers filled high with sweet vanilla buttercream icing and covered with red, white, and blue sprinkles. Yum!
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Celebrate July 4th with red, white, and blue cake truffles! Mini Melanie was founded in 2015 by Melanie and Diana Moss. Melanie’s desserts have been recognized in the 2016 New York City Michelin guide, and in 2018, Melanie became Champion of a special-themed chocolate competition on Food Network’s CHOPPED. One assortment contains six truffles with vanilla sprinkles filling and six truffles with chocolate sprinkles filling. The Vanilla and Chocolate Funfetti Cake Truffles are sure to be a hit for any July 4th celebration.
So you don’t love cake? Well, there’s always room for pie! When Amanda Wadsworth’s son wanted a pie he could easily transport and eat at school, she knew she had to create Tiny Pies. This family owned bakery has been operating in Austin, Texas since 2011. Amanda partnered with her mother, Kit Seay, to sell tiny pies at the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market. Soon they were opening up shop after shop. Tiny Pies are made from old family recipes with the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from local farms. They bake from scratch daily off a seasonal menu. Tiny Pie’s Not So Tiny American Flag Pie is made with Blueberry and Cherry Pie decorated as Old Glory herself.
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Prefer to DIY? Make the 4th more fun with a creative activity and a delicious bonus. Trophy Cupcakes’s Decorate Your Own 4th of July Cupcake kit is fun for the whole family…with dessert built in! Trophy was founded in 2007 by dessert-lover Jennifer Shea and her husband Mike Williamson. They are the ultimate confection creators. The cupcakes start with the finest ingredients, like European chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla and local sweet cream butter. Then they’re made magical with hand-piped buttercream, rich French sprinkles and smile-making decorations. Each and every one is a mouthwatering masterpiece with a party hat on top!
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The Ultimate 4th of July Playlists
The hallmarks of any successful Independence Day celebration are crowd-pleasing BBQs, friends and family, and a patriotic playlist. No matter how you’re celebrating your long weekend this 4th of July—socially-distanced with family, on a virtual hangout with friends, or just some me, myself and I time—you’re going want to make sure you have the right music for it. This collection of July 4th songs mixes some buried treasures along with some can’t-miss hits. Unsure which all-American classics to include on this year’s playlist? This Independence Day, we’re celebrating America’s birthday with some of our favorite crowd-pleasing “American” songs, both new and old. Consider your holiday soundtrack covered!
Check out our Fourth of July favorite playlists below:
From Sea to Shining Sea—Bring on the Fireworks
While some traditional Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks and parades, have been canceled, you can still watch those colorful fireworks displays from home. PBS is broadcasting its annual Capital Fourth concert — ending in fireworks — from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET.
Macy’s is celebrating its annual 4th of July Firework Show with a bang! This year’s show will celebrate New York and America with a spectacular display choreographed to an epic musical score. Tune in to NBC Saturday, July 4, from 8PM-10PM ET/PT or 7PM-9PM CT/MT and watch along with friends and family.
Revisit History Through a Virtual Tour
If you’re hoping to learn a little more history this Independence Day, try taking a virtual tour of some of the Nation’s most impressive collections and locations. Check out the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The Museum of Flight, National Women’s History Museum, NASA, The American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours, or any number of others.
What better time to learn about the country than on the Fourth! Can’t decide? Try one of these 15 virtual tours of American landmarks. There’s also the National Archives’ first-ever July 4th celebration, which features a reading of the Declaration of Independence along with the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We may not be traveling as much as we usually do this 4th of July, but you can still enjoy the long weekend from home.
COVID-19 may have put a damper on large social gatherings and patriotic festivities, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday without ever leaving your backyard. With some outdoor space, fun decorations, internet connection, and a little imagination—the world is your oyster!