Where will you be on our nation’s birthday? Clustered around a backyard grill, hoofing it up a hiking trail, or sprawled out in your local park, staking out the best spot for the fireworks spectacular? Wherever you are, you’ll be hungry, but we’re here to help. These take-along snacks will satisfy the whole crowd.
The best appetizers for a July 4th celebration are the make-ahead kind. Get them ready long before you turn on the grill -- and go for starters that can take the heat, not delicate dishes that will wilt or melt if you set them out in the sun. Go for vegetable-based dishes, after all, there are plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks to come.
Host a cocktail party with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from far-off lands, and experience getaway-induced euphoria without actually getting away. With just a little effort, you can share this happy escape with friends and turn your living room into Tokyo, Paris, or Rome.