Get those grills fired up, it's time for the best day of the summer! Check out our favorite recipes fit for an epic Fourth of July.

Get those grills fired up, it's time for the best day of the summer! Check out our favorite recipes fit for an epic Fourth of July.


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Independence Day just happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the year and Excelsior, Minnesota is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest places to celebrate it. In fact, I think there's only been one year that I strayed from Excelsior since starting the tradition as a young child with my family. No matter your age, there's something for everyone. 

As a child, I used to decorate wagons with friends and walk down Water Street watching the parade. We'd proceed to hang out at the beach or on the playground and run around the commons playing with glow necklaces. As we got older, we'd migrate from activities on Lake Minnewashta to Christmas Lake, ultimately ending up back in the commons on Lake Minnetonka to listen to music and watch the fireworks. And then, a few more years led us to spending the day at Big Island, heading back to the commons for fireworks and reuniting with old friends at Maynards and Bayside, the lakefront bars in Excelsior. The energy in town is always fabulous and makes for a memorable holiday. 

Whatever phase I was in, one aspect of my 4th of July remained consistent - an early afternoon grill session with the family. Settling with my husband near family makes me excited for many more years of Independence Day barbecues and holiday fun on and around the lakes. I sincerely hope you have your own fabulous traditions that involve good food and great company, but just in case, I've put together an ultimate 4th of July Recipe Round-up to help you out.

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Appetizers

Savory Beer Cheese Dip

Because every gathering needs a melty, gooey, cheesy appetizer. Berly's Kitchen nails it. 

 Because every family gathering needs a delicious melty, gooey, cheesy appetizer. Image from  Berly's Kitchen , written permission for use received. 

Because every family gathering needs a delicious melty, gooey, cheesy appetizer. Image from Berly's Kitchen, written permission for use received. 

Fruit Bowl

Throw some strawberries and blueberries in a bowl and you have a healthy patriotic snack ready to tide people over until the main event. 

Fruit Bowl

Main Courses

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Fire up those grills. This unbelievably juicy pork tenderloin from Iowa Girl Eats is a must-make main course. 

 This unbelievably juicy grilled pork tenderloin from Iowa girl eats makes the perfect main course for our 4th of July spread. Image from  Iowa Girl Eats , written permission for use received. 

This unbelievably juicy grilled pork tenderloin from Iowa girl eats makes the perfect main course for our 4th of July spread. Image from Iowa Girl Eats, written permission for use received. 

Chicago-Style Italian Burgers

Up your burger game with these incredible Chicago-Style Italian Burgers from Iowa Girl Eats.

 Our main course options are covered by Iowa Girl Eats for this 4th of July Recipe Round-up. It's time to up your grill game. Image from  Iowa Girl Eats . Written permission for use received. 

Our main course options are covered by Iowa Girl Eats for this 4th of July Recipe Round-up. It's time to up your grill game. Image from Iowa Girl Eats. Written permission for use received. 

Sides

Grilled Avocado Street Corn

Nothing screams 4th of July quite like street corn - grill up your own with this delicious recipe from What's Gaby Cooking

 Another fabulous side from What's Gaby Cooking helps round out our sides for 4th of July. Image from  What's Gaby Cooking , written permission for use received. 

Another fabulous side from What's Gaby Cooking helps round out our sides for 4th of July. Image from What's Gaby Cooking, written permission for use received. 

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Our semi-homemade pasta salad is an easy and delicious make-ahead side dish that's perfectly refreshing on those hot summer days. 

Desserts

S'mores

If you're firing up the grill anyways, you might as well keep those coals hot and roast up some 'mallows for dessert. Have skewers and the fixings ready and let people make their own s'mores. 

Banana Boats

We're loving this old campfire hack. Three ingredients and some hot coals are all it takes to create the perfectly sweet ending to your summer bbq. Kids will love helping to make their own! 

 Throw banana boats on hot coals for the perfectly sweet ending to your summer bbq. 

Throw banana boats on hot coals for the perfectly sweet ending to your summer bbq. 

Raspberry Rosé (Frosé) Popsicles 

Three Olives Branch has the adults covered with this frozen treat. Don't forget to buy some regular, non-alcoholic popsicles for kids who get jealous! 

 A frozen treat for adults. These Raspberry Rosé (Frosé) Popsicles from Three Olives Branch are the perfect dessert for your 4th of July barbecue. Image from Three Olives Branch, written permission for use received. 

A frozen treat for adults. These Raspberry Rosé (Frosé) Popsicles from Three Olives Branch are the perfect dessert for your 4th of July barbecue. Image from Three Olives Branch, written permission for use received. 

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