Need Fourth of July BBQ Ideas? Here’s How to Celebrate

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By Jay Croft

Independence Day is fast approaching, and maybe you’ve suddenly realized your backyard would be a great place to host your first barbeque. Don’t worry—it’s not too late to put one together! Here are some Fourth of July BBQ ideas for people who have never hosted one of their own, including some festive food that won’t have you spending the holiday in the kitchen.

Serve Up Old-School Fare with a Modern Flair

The best Fourth of July BBQ ideas start with tradition and add a modern edge. Classic Fourth of July treats like grilled hot dogs can accommodate different dietary constraints and still be fun—and Fresh Direct can bring you everything you need! They have Hebrew National Beef Franks, Applegate Organic Uncured Hot Dogs, Lightlife Smart Dogs Veggie Hot Dogs, and many more options. After you’ve cooked the dogs, set up a bar with classic condiments like mustard, sauerkraut, and celery salt. You can also include some unexpected toppings like Thai peanut sauce, roasted peppers, and salsa verde.

For a super-easy dessert that’s sure to impress, grab a few boxes of festive Dunkin’ Donuts, slice them all in half lengthwise, and put a bucket of ice cream next to them—people will be psyched to make their own sandwiches!

Grill Like a Pro

If you’ve never owned a grill, a good starter might be the Kenmore 6 Burner LP Gas Grill with Side Burner and Stainless Steel Lid—especially if you’re expecting a big holiday turnout. Its electronic ignition and exterior temperature gauge make it easy to use, so you’ll be able to enjoy yourself at your own party instead of sweating over the coals.

Sit Back and Relax

Backyard furniture should be comfortable, versatile, durable, and good-looking. Mix and match—and don’t be afraid to throw in some color! Dress up the Alfresco Grey Outdoor Dining Collection with cushions in your favorite shade. You can pick just the pieces you need for now and then go back and add more later.

Don’t Forget the Details

Pick up some disposable tableware, glasses, and utensils (don’t stress about looks; just go for functionality and have plenty on hand). You can never have too many drinks (sodas, water, beer), so you should have a good-sized cooler, like the Goplus Red Outdoor Patio 80 Quart Cooler Cart Ice Beer Beverage Chest Party Portable, on hand.

And don’t forget this critical component of a successful Fourth of July BBQ: citronella candles. The Eclipse Home Decor Candle by the Hour with Glass Chimney 80-Hour Citronella Tall Vertical Candle is an attractive addition to any setup.

If you’d like to have some handy background audio, this speaker is a perfect option: the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker II delivers a rich sound with the convenience of your old-school boombox. Play and manage the music from your phone to keep the party going.

“Philadelphia Freedom,” anyone?

Keeping these Fourth of July BBQ ideas in mind may just start an annual tradition. Happy Fourth!

Getting your grill on should be at the top of your Fourth of July BBQ list. Enlist the help of this model from Kmart and Kenmore.

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