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Vintage July 4th Recipes
Spark up that summer nostalgia this Independence Day with these easy dishes
July 4th is almost upon us, which means it’s time to break out the star-spangled pool floats and sparklers. To celebrate America’s independence, some might love to watch the fireworks. Others might run a marathon. But our favorite facet of July 4th is the classic American food sure to be at those backyard, park or... Keep Scrolling
Written by Dani Grace


red velvet cupcake with sparkler

July 4th is almost upon us, which means it’s time to break out the star-spangled pool floats and sparklers. To celebrate America’s independence, some might love to watch the fireworks. Others might run a marathon. But our favorite facet of July 4th is the classic American food sure to be at those backyard, park or beach get-togethers! We found myriad vintage July 4th recipes that will transport you back through American history. Although everybody has their own food traditions, you’re bound to spot a few of your family classics in here! Grandma’s desserts, Long Island hot dogs and old-fashioned lemonade made the cut for us. Here are 11 vintage July 4th dishes you shouldn’t skip this Independence Day.

shortcake with fresh cream and strawberries
Vibrant red strawberries pop out among cream and biscuits. Via Taste of Home.

How can you resist using luscious red berries in every summer recipe? This old-fashioned strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for your July 4th party.

bright yellow lemons sit beside glasses of lemonade
Old-fashioned lemonade just can’t be beat for summer. Via The Southern Lady Cooks.

If any drink screams summer, it’s lemonade. Try a classic lemonade recipe this July 4th!

red-skinned creamy potatoes mixed with chives sit in a bowl
Looking for a crowd pleaser? Look no further with this potato salad recipe. Via The Brown Eyed Baker.

Are you really celebrating an American holiday if you don’t have potato salad? This recipe uses the classic “skins-on” technique and adds bacon for a savory and creamy dish.

a brown bun holds together juicy brisket and crisp coleslaw
Hearty and delicious, pulled pork is a bbq staple. Via Woman’s Day.

A vintage July 4th celebration isn’t complete without summer barbecue: don’t skimp on the sauce for these brisket sandwiches with quick slaw.

A berry pie is topped with crust arranged like an American flag
Get creative and get that wow factor with this berry pie. Via This Southern Girl Can.

Nothing says “4th of July” like a classic pie. Sparks will fly when you bring this vintage Old Glory American flag-shaped pie to your Independence Day celebration.

ground beef and mustard are slathered over grilled hot dogs
The Coney dog creams summer nostalgia. Via Taste of Home.

Summers at Coney Island are an iconic memory for many Americans. Top off your grilled hot dogs with beefy Coney hot dog sauce.

golden caramel coats popped corn
Get the popular vote with caramel corn. Via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

The best snacks at backyard July 4th parties are portable. You have to be able to move between the pool, kitchen and bean bag toss without going hungry! Fill some red, white and blue cups with old-fashioned caramel corn.

burger patties sit on a fired-up grill
Try this secret for perfect grilled burgers. Via My Recipes.

What is more patriotic than enjoying a perfectly cooked hamburger? Get back to your American roots with these smoky grilled burgers.

Egg yolks, mayonnaise and spices sit whipped in hard-boiled egg whites
Deviled eggs are a potluck fail safe. Via Downshiftology.

Deviled eggs are a simple, yet scrumptious, vintage appetizer to bring to any July 4th party.

Airy red, white and blue striped meringues cool on parchment paper
These easy meringues are red, white, blue– and impressive!

Red, white and blue meringues are the light, aesthetically appealing dessert you need this Independence Day.

spicy bacon envelops cooked dates
Try this twist on bacon-wrapped dates. Via A Spicy perspective.

Put a spicy twist on the classic bacon-wrapped date recipe this year. This recipe advocates for the celebration of goat cheese and jalapeño this 4th of July.

Did you love these vintage dishes? Check out more old-fashioned Valentine’s Day or Easter recipes that work for any occasion!

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