Since 1941, the Fourth of July or Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Whatever your plans are, I hope you enjoy this very important holiday with family and friends.  I searched the web for some of the best blogger recipes, crafts and decorations to help make your holiday extra special!

Let the fireworks begin!


Layered Patriotic Punch by Our Best Bites

Fudgy Patriotic Brownies from A Farm Girl Dabbles

How to Make a July 4th Cookie Wreath Sweetopia

Rice Krispies Treat Sparklers

Red, White & Blue Rice Krispy Treat Sparklers by 5-Minute for Mom


Patriotic Panna Cotta Sprinkle Bakes

Red, White & Blue Dessert Pizza by Better Recipes

Crazy for Crust Apple Crumb Pie.

Stars and Stripes Mantle from The Money Pit


Red, White & Blue Spiral Cookies by Crazy for Crust


Patriotic Burlap Bunting by Sew Sweet Cottage

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust

4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles by Recipe Girl

Red, White and Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies Two Peas and Their Pod


Strawberry Sparkle Cake by PW

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries and Jam by My Favorite Things

…and the winner is…Best Potato Salad by Better Recipes

Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil

Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil by Pinch My Salt

Post image for Berry-Lime Popsicles for the 4th

Berry Lime Popsicles by My Baking Addiction

Fourth of July Red White & Blue Fruit Kebabs with dipping sauces

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs with Dipping Sauces by Scrumptious Spoonfuls

Patriotic Jello Jars by Southern Plate

Blueberry-Meyer Lemon Fizz by White on Rice Couple

Fourth of July Dessert Table by The Marshmallow Studio

Red White and Blue Star Can Stilts Craft for Kids

Can-Do-Stilts by Family Fun Magazine


Some of our family’s favorite Fourth of July recipes are:


Blueberry Crumb Cake


Strawberry Shortcake

Watermelon Wowzers

Happy Fourth to y’all!

From our hearts to yours,

Elise and family