Kids 4th of July recipes

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In celebration of America's Independence Day, we've compiled some Kids 4th of July recipes. Whether it is a main dish, salad or dessert it all starts with festive red, white and blue patriotic recipes.

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Kids 4th of July Recipes: Salads and Snacks

Fruit Salad in Patriotic Colors

  • 1 Cup seeded chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 Cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1 apple diced
  • ½ Cup raspberries or pitted cherries
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons honey
Toss diced apples, strawberries and blueberries into a mixture of honey, lime juice and fresh, chopped mint. Serve as a side dish with any entrée or use as a topping over vanilla ice cream.
red white blue salad

Easy Tomato Salad

A simple kids 4th of July recipes that they can put together themselves.
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Real soft mozzarella cheese, cut in cubes
  • Bunch of fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
In serving bowl toss cherry tomatoes, parsley and mozzarella cubes. Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

tomato mozzarella salad

Patriotic Pretzel Sticks

  • Long fat Pretzel sticks
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • blue candy melts
  • red candy melts
  • Patriotic sprinkles or red or blue sprinkles
Melt white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds until completely melted. Dip ends of pretzel sticks about halfway or 3/4 up the stick. Set on a sheet of waxed paper and let set. Melt blue candy melts and dip ends of white end. Add sprinkle stars or other candy sprinkles while chocolate is still wet. Melt red candy melts and drizzle on the bottom white part of the pretzel for stripes. Place on waxed paper and allow to set.
dipped pretzels

Red, White and Blue Yogurt Parfait

  • vanilla or strawberry or blueberry yogurt
  • raspberries or sliced strawberries
  • Cool whip
  • Granola or Cornflake cereal with dried Blueberries
In a glass bowl layer parfait in order starting with yogurt, granola and then berries. Add another layer of each. More parfait ideas.

Chunky Salsa

A perfect 4th of July recipes for kids to put together and snack on while the barbecue is cooking.salsa
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup green peppers chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt to taste
Have an adult help with chopping vegetables. Stir ingredients together and place in serving bowl. Arrange chips along side salsa.

Looking for main dish recipes or typical American cuisine? Check out our American recipes here.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Slices

Top watermelon slices with yogurt. Add sliced bananas and blueberries for a red white and blue summer treat.
watermelon fruit slice

Fiesta Salad

Fiesta Salad
corn relish

Flag Sandwich

  • Butter or cream cheese
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, cut in slices
  • Bread slices
Toast bread slices and spread butter or cream cheese over the top. Create a flag design with blueberries and strawberry slices.
flag sandwich

Fruity Flag Platter

Watermelon and feta make red and white stripes and blueberries make the stars in this fruit flag platter.
fruity platter

Snack Flag Platter

Create a snack platter shaped like a flag. There are a lot of ideas for red and white stripes. We have raspberries, strawberries, watermelon and pepperoni. White stripes in our platter are goldfish, mini Club crackers and peanuts. Finish off with blueberries in the corner. See more charcuterie snack board ideas.
snack board platter

Pigs in a Blanket Fireworks

Wrap crescent roll dough around a hot dog. Bake until golden brown. Cut cubes of cheese into small stars with a mini cookie cutter. Push stars into toothpicks. Attach to your "fireworks" hot dogs.
hot dog fireworks

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4th of July Drink for Kids

patriotic drink idea

Fruity Patriotic Drink

  • Fresh pineapple slices Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lemonade, homemade or store bought
Cut pineapple slices with mini star shaped cookie cutters.
Cut strawberries in slices.
Add pineapple stars, blueberries and strawberries to a pitcher or glass of lemonade.

Frosted Fireworks Drink

Using red and blue flavored beverages, such as Kool-aid or Gatorade, pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Place some red, blue and clear cubes in a festive dessert glass and pour seltzer (flavored if you prefer) over the colored ice cubes. Toss in a little flag for added festiveness.
ice cube colored

Red, White and Blue Food Ideas

  • Make biscuits or shortcake. Cut out with a star cookie cutter.
    star biscuits

  • Make a vegetable dip and pour into hollowed out red peppers. Serve with cut vegetables and crackers for dipping.

  • Macaroni & Cheese/ Red white and blue! by Johnson ( MO. U.S.A )
    Make normal Kraft macaroni and cheese. Before you add the cheese mix put blue/red food coloring on the noodles. Then add the cheese. If it looks green (for the blue) Add more blue. Keep adding color until it looks blue. Have a glass of white milk to drink. Then have strawberries or anything red for a side dish. This makes a wonderful lunch.

  • White corn on the cob served in a red or blue glass bowl.

  • Make blue or red popsicles. To make a double layer fill half full with one color and freeze. Then add another layer, refreeze. layered popsicles

  • Blue tortilla chips served with red salsa and sour cream.

  • Sliced red tomatoes served with slices of mozzarella.
    caprese salad

  • Red pepper slices served with a blue cheese dip on the side.

  • Red, White and Blue- Star shaped sugar cookies with white frosting and red and blue sprinkles.

  • Red, White and Blue- Layer flavored jello that has set and then cut into cubes into a large clear, glass. You can add in mixed blueberries and strawberries along with whipped cream also if desired.

  • Red, White and Blue Potato Salad - Use new red potatoes, white baby potatoes and blue or purple potatoes in your favorite potato salad recipe. (Leave the skins on the red and blue potatoes.)

  • White Pizza Bagel Bites - Using 1 pkg. frozen bagel bites, place on cookie sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle with garlic powder and bake until lightly toasted. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced olives and chopped green pepper. Bake for 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted.

  • White Pineapple Salad - Drain 1 large can pineapple and reserve juice; add enough water to the juice to make 2 cups. Heat to a boil and add Jello, mix until dissolved. Chill until thick as syrup. Mash 2-8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese and add to Jello mixture. Mix well with mixer. Add ½ pt. whipped cream and 1 cup crushed nuts, mix well. Pour into a 9x 12 dish and chill well.

Kids 4th of July Recipes: Dessert Ideas

Pinwheel Cookies

Using a sugar cookie recipe, divide dough into three. Color 1/3 of dough red and 1/3 blue leaving last part as is. Roll red dough out into a rectangle and then roll white into a rectangle. Place white rectangle on top of red. Then roll out blue and place on top of other two. Roll triple layer of dough jelly roll style. Cut into slices. Roll slices in sprinkles. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set.
pinwheel cookies patriotic cookies

American Patriotic Trifle

Layer white pieces of angel food cake or pound cake with whip cream, raspberries and blueberries to make a trifle.

Sandwich Sprinkle Cookies

Create a favorite cookie recipe. Allow to cool. Sandwich white frosting between two cookies. Roll edges in red and blue sprinkles.
sandwich cookies

4th of July Cupcake Ideas

Firecracker Cakes

firecracker cake
  • Clean and empty soup can with no lip
  • Cake mix
  • White, red and blue frosting
  • Sprinkles, optional
Choose a can that doesn't have a lip extending over the opening of the can. This will make it hard to get your cake out in one smooth piece.
Clean out empty soup cans and grease well with shortening and flour. Prepare cake mix and pour into cans about 2/3 full. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool. With a knife loosen cake from edges of can and cake should slide out. Decorate sides and top of cake as desired.

Sparkler Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes
  • White Frosting
  • Red licorice strings
Prepare cupcakes and allow to cool. Frost with white frosting. Cut red licorice into 2-3 inch pieces. Unravel strings of licorice part way down. Poke through top of cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
sparkler cupcake

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

1. Make your favorite flavor cupcakes
2. Divide white frosting into thirds. Color 1/3 with red food coloring and 1/3 with blue food coloring.
3. Frost each cupcake, alternating colors.
4. You can make little flags on each cupcake using the red, white and blue frosting.
5. Decorate 4th of July cupcakes with star picks, flag toothpicks or other cake toppers.

4th july cupcake

Flag Cake Ideas

Berry Flag Cake

flag cake
  • White cake
  • White frosting
  • Blueberries or Blue M&M's
  • Strawberries or raspberries
Bake a white cake in a 13x9 pan according to directions. Allow to cool and with a toothpick score lines across cake and a square in the top left corner just as you would see on an American flag. In the top left corner place rows of blueberries. Align strawberries on the top row.
Place white frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off. (or use a pastry bag) Squeeze white frosting after the strawberry row. Fill cake rows alternating rows of strawberries and rows of white frosting to resemble the red and white stripes on an American flag.

*Alternately you can frost the cake with cool whip and place berries on top of the whip cream, as the picture.

Frosted Layered Flag Cake

Frost a a layered sheet cake with colored frosting to resemble the flag. Using berry filling for your cake makes a nice red color to the inside. Learn how to fill a cake.
american flag cake

Colored 4th of July Cakes- Red White and Blue Cake

Divide your cake batter into three bowls. Add red, white and blue coloring, one color per bowl. Mix together. In a greased pan, swirl drops of colored batter. Bake.
4th july cake

A similar idea is to color your round layers a different color then fill and frost with white frosting for the finishing touch.
american cake
Learn more about coloring your cake batter.

4th of July Fun and Games

15 day 4th of july patriotic challenge
We've created a challenge for the 4th of July for kids. This is just a simple way to do something fun with your kids each day for a total of 15 days.

When does this challenge start? Well, you can start it now, you can wait and start it exactly 15 days before the 4th of July or you can start it before one of the other patriotic holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Inauguration Day, Labor Day and so on). And maybe your 4th of July for kids is already packed to the brim with activities and you want to start this challenge after it passes by. Pretty much start this challenge whenever you want and do it for 15 consecutive days.

Benefits of This Challenge

  1. Educational - your children are actually going to learn something!
  2. Fun - the children will be crafting, baking and decorating and you can all do this together.
  3. The Activities are Short in Duration - nothing is going to require too much time out of your day. Once an activity is done or once you have shown your children how to put together a certain craft, you can probably steal some time for yourself and let your kids be on their own and if they have any questions they can of course go to you for advice or directions.
  4. Creates a Family Bond or Close Friendships - getting your kids all together to work on a project, read a book, or cook in the kitchen makes for fun memories. Or, you can invite some of your children's friends to occasionally join in some of the challenge activities and strengthen friendship bonds through the activities.
  5. A Challenge Teaches Children how to Persevere and Finish a Project - it is so important for children to learn perseverance and this 4th of July for kids challenge is actually a fun way to learn this quality!
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