33 Easy Fourth of July Side Dishes for Your Summer Cookout
Any good 4th of July celebration will have hot dogs, burgers, and, of course, dazzling fireworks. But if you ask us, no patriotic party (or any cookout, for that matter) would be complete without a plate full of sides. When it comes to planning your Fourth of July menu, you can go with grilling recipes, barbecue favorites, or even packable picnics. Whichever theme you choose, these best Fourth of July side dishes will be just as popular as the main event. They’ll have you going back for seconds, thirds, or even fourths (you get the point!).
When it comes to summery sides, don’t be afraid to take full advantage of your garden or local farm stand's bounty. Some of the best side dishes are the ones that feature the season’s top vegetables. We’re talking, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant. Try something seasonal and refreshing, like a summer greens salad, or opt for something hearty and grilled, like a flatbread pizza. Don’t worry—we’ll cover all the BBQ classics too, like pasta salads, slaws, and plenty of potato salad options. The best part is that a lot of these side dish recipes can be made in advance—an especially important factor on the Fourth of July. Why waste time cooking over a hot stove when you can be spending time outdoors with friends and family?!
If you’re on the hunt for some star-spangled sides, you’ve come to the right place. Pair these with your favorite main courses, bring them to a potluck for friends to enjoy, or serve them on their own followed by a patriotic 4th of July dessert. You can’t go wrong!
Dibs on all the potato salad!