Do you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family and friends in your pool?

Whether you have a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen or just a simple grill, you can impress your guests with a feast fit for the Fourth. Get inspired by these backyard recipes perfect for Fourth of July pool parties.

The Main Dish

All the swimming at your party is sure to work up summer-sized appetites. Serve these dishes that are ideal for the backyard pool:

  • Hot dogs on the map: Serve up hot dogs from across the country:
    • Chicago style served in a poppy-seed bun and topped with yellow mustard, relish, chopped onion, slices of tomato, sport peppers, a pickle spear and a little celery salt
    • New York style simply topped with brown mustard and onions stewed in tomato paste
    • Kansas City style served in a sesame-seed bun and topped with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut
  • Potato salad to the extreme: Traditional potato salad might do for any old barbecue. But the Fourth of July calls for loaded baked potato salad, complete with bacon bits, sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions.
  • Corn on the cob, your way: Go beyond simple grilled corn on the cob. Drizzle on your favorite sauce, whether it’s ranch dressing or barbecue sauce. Or better yet, invite your guests to top their own at a “corn bar.”

Red, White and Blue Desserts

The firework-lit sky’s the limit when it comes to fun and festive desserts for your Fourth of July pool party:

  • Edible flag: Frost a rectangular cake (any flavor works) with whipped cream. Top with sliced strawberries in a horizontal stripe design, and place blueberries in the upper left-hand corner in a square to represent the stars.
  • Red, blue and white bites: Cut up an angel food cake into cube-shaped bites, and top with sliced strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.
  • Easy as cherry pie: Nothing says Americana like warm cherry pie. And you won’t lose an ounce of tradition by using refrigerated pie crust and canned cherries either.

Poolside Beverages

Quench your guests’ thirst with red, white and blue inspired drinks:

  • Red, white and blue sangria: Give your usual sangria recipe a Fourth of July twist by adding blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries and pineapple chunks.
  • A patriotic lemonade twist: Blend purée watermelon and lemon juice, then add water and sugar to create an unexpected but festive watermelon lemonade.
  • Part dessert, part drink: Combine raspberry sherbet with ginger ale for a cool bubbly beverage that’s sure to be a hit at your pool party.

If you’re running out of time to plan, check out these quick and easy recipes for a last-minute pool party.

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