Patriotic Party Ideas

Next week, we celebrate America’s 243rd Birthday on the Fourth of July.  And along with this holiday comes all kinds of festivities that you guessed it- use foods.  So, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Fourth of July ideas that are allergy-friendly.

Part 1: The Menu

Everything is more exciting with pointy sticks, and so every year I love making red, white, and blue fruit skewers as an appetizer.

For the main meal, my family always uses our grill to heat up some burgers and farm fresh vegetables, but really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the kind of food you like to share with your Fourth of July squad.

And of course, what’s a summer party without some frozen treats! Luckily, one of America’s most iconic red white and blue desserts, the Firecracker Popsicle is free from all top-8 allergens!

Another festive dessert option is deep-dish s’mores.  Now this recipe is free of all top-8 allergens except for wheat/gluten, but if you need to switch out and use safe graham crackers instead, that will work fine as well. To make this dish, coat the bottom of the pan with graham crackers, then top with a sheet of enjoy life chocolate chips.  For the final layer, dip the marshmallows in water and then roll them in sprinkles to make your flag colors. To complete, stick the whole tray into your grill until the marshmallows are nice and golden.

Part 2: The Fun

And of course, now that you’ve got some food ideas, it’s time to share some of my favorite Fourth of July activities!

Every year, we start off our holiday at our local Independence Day Parade.  It’s such a fun way to celebrate the things that my community has to offer. As a kid, I had frequently appeared in the parade to promote the show I was in that summer and had a blast walking down Main Street.

Another fun classic event is going to watch fireworks.  There is a golf course near my house that always has the most spectacular fireworks show that is preceded by live music on the course and leads to becoming such a wonderful night.  Since everyone puts down their own picnic blanket, you don’t have to worry about touching any allergens in your area and its really a nice time.

And finally, is it really Independence Day if you don’t watch everyone’s favorite patriotic musical, 1776?? (guess that might just be a Gray family tradition…)

Leave a comment below with your favorite allergy-friendly ways to celebrate the birth of our nation!

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