Eat and Drink July 4th recipes: fun, patriotic and delicious By GEORGIA KRAL Updated June 30, 2015 12:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It's that time of year again, July 4th week. And while many of us in New York City are heading out of town, many more are staying in the city and barbecuing in parks, backyards, rooftops and fire escapes (be careful!) We love holidays because they give us the opportunity to play with our food! And you can, too. Make your July 4th party festive and fun by whipping up one of these recipes we found on Pinterest. American flag cake Photo Credit: Food52 Food52's flag cake is the queen bee of Fourth of July recipes. Just take a look at that beauty! It will take some time to put it together, but it will all be worth it. Just like how we have fought for our freedom, you will fight to make this cake. Just do it. Get the recipe at Food52. Red hot cinnamon apple pie Photo Credit: Mom Spark This pie is just so darn pretty. The cut-out stars give it the patriotic spirit needed to really get into the holiday. And it's made with Red Hot candies! Delicious. Get the recipe at Mom Spark. Watermelon cake Photo Credit: thetoddanderinfavoritefive.com When your guests cut into this cake they will be in for an incredible surprise. And dare we say, a healthier cake isn't a bad thing? Watermelon is so refreshing... Get the recipe at The Todd and Erin Favorite 5. Cherry berry shortcake stars Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens This dessert is both festive and sophisticated. Shortcake stars and whimsical and it doesn't get much better than fresh fruit with handmade whipped cream with vanilla. Cherries are in season right now, too, so this is the best seasonal dessert on our list. Get the recipe at Better Homes and Gardens. Patriotic pizza Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest This fruity pizza with brie from Half Baked Harvest screams summer to us. Must be those berries, right? The recipe calls for blackberries and strawberries but any combination of red and blue fruits should work out just fine. This is a way to get festive for the Fourth without added sugars. Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest. Red, white and blue candy bars Photo Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes These are just too cute. When throwing any holiday-themed party, you want the food to be festive. And these logs of joy certainly are festive! They aren't the simplest recipe on the list, but making nougat may give you a whole new look on life. Get the recipe at Cherry Tea Cakes. Independence punch Photo Credit: Big Bear's Wife We agree with Angie Barrett: this is pretty much the coolest punch ever (if you're into patriotic-themed beverages!) The key is "stacking" the red, white and blue beverages by the amount of sugar in each. Drinks with more sugar are denser. Get the recipe at Big Bear's Wife. Tye dyed fudge Photo Credit: Taste and Tell This swirly, trippy tye dyed fudge is sure to get your party started right. Get the recipe at Taste and Tell. Patriotic layered smoothie Photo Credit: A Mom's Take Get healthy for the holiday with this smoothie, loaded with fruit and yogurt. Who said the Fourth of July can only be celebrated with burgers and dogs? Get the recipe at A Mom's Take. Bacon flag pizza Photo Credit: Bev Cooks Bacon makes everything better. This pie, with bacon made to look like the American flag, is genius. There's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with one of the great all-American foods. Get the recipe at Bev Cooks. Ombre independence cake Photo Credit: Brit + Co. Here's another July 4th cake for ya. It's beautiful and luxurious, just like the one from Food52. The big difference between the cakes are the ingredients used. This one is made with boxed cake recipes and Pop Rocks (!!!), while Food52's is more gourmet, shall we say. Get the recipe at Brit + Co. Firecracker dogs Photo Credit: handmadeintheheartland.com You don't have that many chances to make hot dogs festive, so take advantage of the opportunity! Get the recipe at Handmade in the Heartland. Jello pudding pops Photo Credit: No. 2 Pencil Talk about simple. These pudding pops are made with white chocolate Jello pudding and food coloring. Impress with less! Get the recipe at No. 2 Pencil. American flag layer dip Photo Credit: lespetitesgourmettes.com Everyone loves chips and dips and this nacho-like chips and dip platter that was designed to look like the American flag will be a party show-stopper! Get the recipe at Les Petites Gourmettes. Red, white and blue watermelon salad Photo Credit: Five Heart Home Watermelon salad is one of summer's greatest gifts. First off, there's the watermelon: refreshing and just a little bit sweet. Then there's the cheese: usually feta but sometimes mozzarella. The rest is up to you. This gorgeous recipe calls for watermelon stars. Get it at Five Heart Home. Watermelon straight-up Photo Credit: The Entertaining House Or, you could just go easy and serve watermelon, the ultimate summer BBQ accoutrement. Simple slices do a party make. Check out the pic at The Entertaining House. By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Where to eat on July 4 in NYCNo BBQ? No problem! Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.