July 4th has been a day of patriotism for American’s ever since the Declaration of Independence was adopted back in 1776. Now in modern day, a lot of Americans will show their patriotism by celebrating with parties and spending time with family and loved ones. If you want to throw an epic party this year and let the red, white and blue shine bright you’ll want to start with some delicious food. We have compiled 15 outstanding appetizer recipes and ideas that are all perfectly themed to make your party stand out. From sweet to savory, we have it all and your guest will surely be dazzled by your creativity.

1. 4th Of July Fruit Platter

If you don’t have the time nor the patience to cook or bake something then this appetizer idea will be right up your alley. The simple concept of creating an American flag out of fruit and chocolate covered pretzels is genius.

The color will be a wonderful addition to your table and really, who can resist chocolate and sweet fruit? For this dish, all you’ll need is fresh blueberries and strawberries and storebought white chocolate covered pretzels. The hardest work you’ll have to do is washing the fruit and cutting up the strawberries, that’s the kind of easy we like!

2. Red, White & Blue Brownie Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? Better yet, this sweetly flavored pizza is unique and will definitely blow your guest away. Sweet treats don’t have to be saved for dessert, they make great appetizers too!

This recipe starts with a chocolatey brownie crust and then adds a smear of cream cheese frosting. Top it off with berries to give it an authentic red, white and blue look.

3. Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad

If you want to add some freshness to your table this fruit salad will do the trick. When you combine sweet flavors like watermelon with feta cheese and fragrant mint you’ll get the best of both sweet and savory worlds.

This is another super easy recipe where all you have to do is buy fresh ingredients, chops a few things and then throw together. You can keep it simple and sprinkle lime juice on top or you can make your own lime and honey dressing, either way, it’ll taste great!

4. Red, White & Blue Firecracker Pasta Salad

Salads make great appetizers especially when everyone’s waiting for the delicious food that’s cooking on the grill. This firecracker pasta is savory and filling enough to tide your guests over until the main course.

This pasta salad is also incredibly simple to make so you can focus your efforts elsewhere. For the base of the salad you’ll want to start with bow tie pasta, half died blue and a half left plain. Then you’ll mix in delicious ingredients such as mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, red onion, white kidney beans and sliced pepperoni. Mix all the ingredients with Italian salad dressing and let is sit your fridge until you’re ready to serve.

5. Patriotic Cheeseboard & Strawberry Bruschetta

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now. They’re an easy, delicious and an aesthetically pleasing way of displaying many appetizer foods in one place. This patriotic cheeseboard will definitely be the talk of the party and it definitely has something for everyone.

This recipe shows you how to put together the perfect patriotic charcuterie board. It also includes a recipe for a homemade strawberry bruschetta that you can enjoy with crackers or a crostini.

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6. Star Spangled Chips & Cheese Dip

Chip and dip snacks make for some of the best appetizers, especially at parties. It’s a snack that everyone can graze, eat, and socialize around. Don’t be surprised when your guests stay put around the table because this cheese dip is so good.

To make this appetizer extra patriotic you’ll want to start by making the star-spangled chips! To do this all you’ll need is is flour tortillas, a star cookie cutter, and your oven to make them nice and crispy. While the chips are toasting you can get started on this amazing cheese dip.

7. American Flag Vegetable Tray

Not only can you display a fruit tray to show your patriotism to America but you can do it with a veggie tray too. This method is effortless but will make a big impact on your table.

You’ll want to use a baking sheet or any rectangular tray to hold your veggies. Next, you’ll want to chop your veggies to your desired liking. If you want to recreate the red and white stripes make sure to use white/light and red colored veggies. This tutorial also comes with a recipe for a delicious dill dip that your guests can dip their veggies into.

8. Taco Salad Flag

The flag designed food trays keep coming! This recipe displays a delicious taco salad in replication of the American flag for a tasty appetizer. You’ll definitely spike everyone’s interest with its design but the delicious flavors will truly impress them.

This taco salad is quite simple to put together. It has layers of crunchy taco chips, taco seasoned ground beef, lettuce and cheese. You could also add Italian dressing on top for added flavor or serve sour cream and other additional toppings on the side.

9. Layered Jello-O

Show off your patriotism by making this red, white and blue layered Jell-O. It might take a bit of effort but the pay off of the vibrant layers will be well worth it.

The secret to getting a white colored Jell-O is to combine unflavored gelatin with sweetened condensed milk. You’ll have to let each layer set before you add another layer to avoid a muddy mess. Once your Jell-O has set you can cut them into little cubes. You could also consider using a star cookie cutter instead to play even further into the theme.

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10. Patriotic Pretzel Bites

Sweet and salty foods are what make me truly happy because it’s like eating the best of both worlds! These pretzel bites certainly won’t disappoint.

They’re extremely easy to make and only require 4 store-bought ingredients; red and blue M&M’s, white chocolate wafers and pretzels. To make the M&M’s stick to the pretzel you’ll need to melt the white chocolate wafer on top the pretzel first. To do this you can use the oven or the microwave, whichever is easier for you! Then you can assemble the M&M’s in coordination with the design of the American flag for another fun Patriotic treat.

11. Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are another popular party food item. These aren’t your ordinary deviled eggs though, these are patriotic deviled eggs! They are colored to come inline with the red, white and blue theme.

To make these deviled eggs you’ll begin just like any other deviled egg recipe by boiling a dozen eggs. Once the eggs have been cooled, you’ll peel them and then cut in halves as per usual. Next, you’ll scoop out the yolk and set aside for the filling. Now the fun part comes in, you’ll mix food color with hot water and white distilled vinegar and let the eggs bath in the mixture to soak up the color. While the egg whites are absorbing the color you can make the deviled egg filling. Then all that’s left to do it assemble and serve.

12. Fireworks Cookies & Cream Cookies

You could make ordinary chocolate chip cookies for your 4th of July party or you could make these fireworks cookies. This recipe gives chocolate chip cookies a serious makeover and your guests will thank you.

Instead of chocolate chips, you’ll infuse the cookie dough with red, white and blue M&M’s, star sprinkles, and cream filled cookie chunks. The secret to preventing a crumbly or muddy looking cookie is to stir the mixture gently and not too much.

13. Red, White & Blueberry Cookie Tarts

Sometimes desserts such as cookies make great appetizers. We often leave dessert till the end of a meal but by that time reaches we’re often stuffed to the brim and can’t fathom putting anything more in your mouth. However, the sweet taste calls your name so you do it anyway which often results in an upset stomach.

To prevent that, serving some classic dessert foods as an appetizer is a great idea. This recipe starts with a sugar cookie recipe. It is then topped off with a cream cheese frosting. Then, to finish these cookies top them off with strawberries and blueberries to make them fit in with your July 4th theme.

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14. Firecracker Popcorn

When it comes to the appetizer menu some sort of munchies always makes the table. Frequently you’ll find chips in a variety of flavors making the party grocery list but we often forget about popcorn.

In addition to your star-spangled chips and cheese dip, you’ll want to make this firecracker popcorn too! It’s so easy that it’ll take you 10 minutes or less to make. It starts with an ordinary bag of microwave popcorn and is then drizzled with melted red, white and blue chocolate. To make this patriotic snack even more exciting top it off with sprinkles and hot tamales.

15. Red, White & Blue Cake Batter Dip

We already talked earlier about how dips are must have on your appetizer menu but have you ever thought of serving a sweet dip along with a savory one? This dip takes sweet treats to a whole new level with its cake batter flavors.

You’ll be relieved to know this dip only takes 5 minutes to make and requires 4 simple ingredients. This cake batter dip is made out of whipped cream cheese, cool whip, white cake mix, and sprinkles to fit the theme. You could serve this dip with fresh fruit and wafers of your choice.

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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