An All-American celebration is surely in order, and we have ideas for everything from parade-watching to fireworks and everything in between. A combination of traditional must-haves—like baked beans and potato salad—along with some new classics like simple yet delectable Turkey Bruschetta made with DI LUSSO® Sun Dried Tomato Turkey and mozzarella cheese, will make everyone feel patriotic.
Assemble a variety of All-American sandwiches filled with DI LUSSO® meats and cheeses and all the fixin’s, and cut them into star shapes with a cookie cutter. Pile onto a platter and let guests help themselves.
Adult beverages can be equally simple: vodka and lemonade or Sangria seem summertime patriotic.-themed to us, as does root beer for the kids.
Put together a fruit salad of strawberries and/or raspberries and blueberries and/or blackberries for a gorgeous nod to the flag. A simple batch of brownies dusted with powdered sugar and adorned with tiny toothpick flags would be a perfect dessert. For the kids, red, white and blue frozen pops are just right for the day.
Get out the croquet set or badminton gear for backyard fun. Or how about an old-fashioned three-legged race? As dusk approaches, sparklers are always a thrill (as long as there’s adult supervision and all are picked up and disposed of properly when they burn out and cool off). Start a rousing sing-along of patriotic tunes like “It’s a Grand Old Flag” or “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireworks show nearby, enjoy every “ooh” and “aah” moment. Or simply listen to them going off in the distance and reflect upon the day, its meaning, and how fortunate we are to live in the land of the free.