Celebrating the Fourth of July is a great time to gather with friends and family, and enjoy good food during the summer season. Although hot dogs and hamburgers are always a crowd pleaser, sometimes it’s good to mix it up with some new, healthier recipes.
Rather than chips and dip, try mixing up a festive salad for an appetizer such as:
· American Flag Caprese Salad: Build an American flag with purple potatoes, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Serve on a large wooden cutting board lined with parchment paper. Check out the recipe here.
· Red, White, and Blue Salad: This patriotic fruit salad features watermelon, blueberries, and feta cheese, and a great way to please your guests and stay healthy. More on this recipe can be found here.
Moving on to the main course. Don’t take on too much and stick with barbequing so you can enjoy being social with your friends and family while you cook. Once your barbeque is ready, try:
· Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks – simply slather your drumsticks in tangy, buffalo sauce, cook on the barbeque and serve when ready. These will not disappoint but make sure to keep Wet-Naps nearby.
For mouth-watering dessert ideas, try these sweet recipes that adults and kids will enjoy.
· Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumbles – Rhubarb is a summer favorite and this treat is best served with a scoop of ice cream on top. The recipe can be found here.
· Fourth of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups – This is a fun and easy dessert perfect for the 4thand who doesn’t love Jell-O? Just add whipped cream and fruit to make it just right. More on this treat can be found here.
These recipes are great if you are hosting a party, bringing dishes to a party or even to a public place to view fireworks. If you are looking to make plans to view fireworks on July 4th, here are some of the “cool” events in Inland Empire to celebrate Independence Day:
· Claremont – 5K/Festival/Parade – Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
· Claremont – 4th of July Celebration – Pomona College, Strehle Track
· Pomona – KABOOM! Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
· San Bernardino – 66ers, 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza! San Manuel Stadium after 7 pm game
· San Bernardino – History, Early 4th of July Celebrations
· Victorville – Fireworks after dark on July 4
For a full list of events in Inland Empire for 4th of July, visit: https://inlandempire.us/4th-of-july/
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