A 4th of July to Remember

The 4th of July is the perfect time to get family and friends together for a barbecue. Barbecuing has become a standard American tradition. The reason is perfectly clear; not only does the food that comes from your grill have a taste that is unmatched by other cooking methods, but it presents a reason for families to gather together. Some of my most memorial experiences happened outdoors at one of my families many get-togethers.

Barbecuing has been around since early caveman figured out that food tasted great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the main memories attached to a your barbecue is what was on the menu that day.

Making your Independence Day party a festive event is easy. Keeping with the red, white and blue theme you can purchase tableclothes, napkins and plates to embellish your picnic tables. Streamers, sparklers and small American flags can also be added to the area for a festive atmosphere for your celebration.

It's the perfect time to grill out. Marinade your favorite cut of meat, fix everyone's favorites sides and you can have a spectacular meal.

Strawberry Blueberry Cheesecake

This Red, White and Blue Cheesecake will be a favorite at your Independence Day celebration.

Click here for the Berry Almond Cheesecake recipe to serve at your 4th of July party.

Skewered Jerk Shrimp with rice and pineapple salsa

For light but savory dish, try this Jerked Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa.

Click here for the recipe.

Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbecue. Make sure to thaw and marinade your meat 12 - 24 hours before your party. Once you have the meat stored away, soaking up the marinade, you can start preparing the sides. If you want a completely traditional barbecue, you may want to stick with traditional sides. Potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw are always a good choice. Your condiment bar should include, pickles, relish and onions. If you're serving burgers, ketchup, mustard and mayo are a must.

For more great recipes for your 4th of July celebration, click here!

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