75 Vintage Fourth of July Recipes
Celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned Fourth of July menu! With classics like apple pie and canapes, along with buttermilk biscuits and cucumber salad, these recipes are a guaranteed hit.
While there are plenty of things to do on the Fourth of July, eating these old-school recipes is the best! From appetizers to patriotic sides to char-grilled mains to easy desserts, these dishes are going to have you going back for seconds (or thirds).
Once you’ve had your fill, continue your Fourth of July party with a boozy cocktail or two and lots of outdoor games.
Strawberry Pretzel SaladWondering what Fourth of July food to bring? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. —Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan
Simple Marinated Grilled Pork ChopsThis pork chop marinade is so simple that I use it on all kinds of meat. For a more robust flavor, let the meat marinate in the refrigerator overnight. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
Easy Baked BeansMy family enjoys this easy baked beans recipe with cornbread, but it also rounds out any old-fashioned Fourth of July menu. Canned pork and beans make meal prep quick. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
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Grilled Chicken Thighs and DrumsticksWhen Mom makes grilled chicken thighs and drumsticks, this is the way we like it prepared. It’s juicy, has great barbecue flavor and makes a big batch, so it’s a perfect Fourth of July food. —Brenda Beachy, Belvidere, Tennessee
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Creamy Macaroni SaladWhen we grill, my mother asks me to make this creamy macaroni salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
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Key Lime Cream PieI am very proud of this luscious no-bake beauty. It’s so cool and refreshing—the perfect old-fashioned Fourth of July food. Wherever I take this pie, it quickly disappears, with everyone asking for the recipe. —Shirley Rickis, Lady Lake, Florida. Check out our favorite easy 4th of July desserts.
Overnight SlawThink of slaw as a side for all seasons—but especially summer—and for all entrees. Fix this recipe ahead, and don’t forget to use your food processor for even easier prep. —Nancy Brown, Janesville, Wisconsin
Kansas City-Style RibsOur family recipe for ribs has evolved to near perfection. These country-style beauties are a legend in our close circle. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Smoked Deviled EggsGive all those eggs a flavor upgrade. Grilling these smoked deviled eggs gives them a distinctive taste that will have everyone talking. —Catherine Woods, Lexington, Missouri
Triple Berry No-Bake CheesecakeI’ve made many cheesecakes and enjoy them all, but they’re usually time-consuming. When I first tried this Fourth of July food, my husband said it was better than the baked ones, and that was a big plus for me! —Joyce Mummau, Baltimore, Maryland
Three-Bean Salad for 3We make this 3 bean salad all summer long! It’s a delicious side dish for an old-fashioned Fourth of July menu. —Barbara Wiggins, Lexington, North Carolina
Grilled Corn in HusksIf you're new to grilled corn in the husk, season the ears with butter, Parmesan cheese and parsley. It's especially good! Be sure to give the corn a long soak before putting it on the grill. Hot off the grate, the kernels are moist and tender with a wonderful, sweet flavor. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Juicy Cherry PieLucky you! Tart, or sour, cherry season is in the heart of summer. When planning your old-fashioned Fourth of July menu, choose fresh tart cherries that are bright in color, shiny and plump. They should feel relatively firm when pressed lightly. —Karen Berner, New Canaan, Connecticut
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