Fourth of July Finger Foods That You Should Always Serve

Ten 4th of July Finger Foods That Are Perfect for Any Party

Fourth of July Finger Foods That You Should Always Serve

Finger foods are the key to any great party. If you're drinking a classy glass of wine, or a festive cocktail, there's a finger food to pair with them all. With the 4th of July just around the corner, making sure your guests are satisfied is a top priority. This list of 4th of July finger foods should come in handy. 

1. Red Velvet, White and Blue Cake Balls

Megan Prendergast

What could be more patriotic than cake balls that are the color of the American flag? And who doesn't love cake? Thus, these red velvet, white and blue cake balls are the ideal 4th of July finger food. 

2. Spinach and Artichoke bites

Emma Lally

These Spinach and Artichoke Bites are cheesy, creamy and the perfect size snack for people to enjoy while watching the fireworks on the 4th of July. This party classic is sure to be a hit. 

3. Mini Pizza Roll Lollipops

Katherine Baker

When a slice of pie is to mundane for your squad, give them a mini pizza roll lollipop instead. Not only will you impress them with your creativity, but this treat pairs perfectly with an ice cold beer. 

4. Corn on the Cob 

Tiare Brown

Get your grill on with juicy, buttery, and tasty corn on the cob  for your party goers. Add salt and other seasonings to step up your corn game.  

5. Hot Dogs

Kevin Del Orbe

No 4th of July party is complete without an endless amount of hot dogs, with a choice of mustard or ketchup. These god ol' hot dogs will be the perfect snack to serve your guests as who can resist something this delicious? I know I can't.

6. Guacamole  

Parisa Soraya

Guac and chips are always a hit. Get creative with your guac, and put it in festive bowls around your party. Make sure your stocked up on chips, because this stuff goes fast.

7. American Flag Fruit Sticks

Mira Nguyen

These American Flag Fruit Sticks are easy to make, healthy to eat and stunning to click. In the midst of booze, burgers, and melting ice cream, a healthy snack this will be appreciated by your guests. 

8. Honey Butter Sea Salt Popcorn 

Renee Chiu

Make your party pop with this Honey Butter Sea Salt Popcorn that is the ideal balance of sweet and salty. It will also add a bit of crunch to your selection of finger food.  This will be the to-go choice for your guests to munch of while sipping on their cocktail. 

9. S'mores Dip 

Carlie Littman

This one is perfect to bring out post fireworks, to give your guests a tasty desert. S'mores Dip is a twist on a campfire classic, is ooey-gooey, and will leave everyone longing for s'more. 

10. Burrata Caprese Crostini 

Max Bartick

Trying to impress your guests? Look no further than this. Burrata Caprese Crostini is a toast full of of sunshine because of its bright colors and flavorful mixture of ingredients.  

Use any one of these awesome 4th of July party snacks, and not only will your party be a success, but you'll have a whole list of snacks that can be used for your next bash too. 


Festive, No-Fuss 4th of July Appetizers

Fourth of July Finger Foods That You Should Always Serve

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

The Fourth of July is a day for friends, family, fireworks, and of course, food. Whether you’re serving burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, or creating a new holiday tradition with something completely different, these Fourth of July appetizers will work with whatever is on your menu. Get everyone in the spirit with a delicious platter of finger foods or other bite-sized treats that you can enjoy with a cold beer, cocktail, or glass of lemonade. Most of these recipes make good use of in-season July fruits and vegetables, our Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches, Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts, and Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash. Some can even be prepped in advance, our Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs and Easy Summer Appetizer Board. And, if you’re looking for Fourth of July appetizers that can travel well, try our Pickled Tiny Tomatoes or Buttery Garlic Shrimp. No matter which recipe you choose, these fun and festive dishes are designed to please a big crowd, with minimal effort.

Buttery crackers and salty bacon slices are a match made in snack heaven.



Antonis Achilleos

Southern Living


Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mini Potato SkinsUse a piping bag or cut the corner on a zip-top bag to easily create a neat dollop of sour cream.

Southern Living

Recipe: Baked BLT Dip

A classic sandwich reimagined into a crowd-pleasing dip.



Kate Robertson

Recipe: Fire Crackers Recipe

This addictive appetizer doesn’t even require you to turn on the oven, making it ideal for hot summer days.

Southern Living

Recipe: Texas Caviar

This dip is hearty, healthy, and will disappear quickly.

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Recipe: Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Toss tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese together in a simple vinaigrette for an easy in-season appetizer.


Hector Manuel Sanchez

Photo: Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip

Stir together your ingredients and let your slow cooker warm up this easy dip while you finish preparing for your holiday guests.

Southern Living

Recipe: Cheese Dreams

Make these cheesy bites the day before and refrigerate until serving, or you can freeze up to 3 weeks.


Oxmoor House

Recipe: Bacon Bites

If you need an easy portable appetizer, you can't go wrong with bacon.

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe:Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes

While delicious on their own, we recommend serving these hearty bites with Queso Blanco Dip.

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

July is the best time of year to make this decadent baked cheese appetizer, when Southern peaches are in their prime. If you can’t find Brie packed in a wooden box, bake the cheese in a small pie plate or baking dish.


Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Dry-Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings

Bringing your smoker to the party? Try these incredible dry-rubbed chicken wings from our barbecue cookbook, South’s Best Butts. Coated with a Memphis-style dry rub and cooked low and slow for tender results, these ribs are finger lickin' good—and your guests will agree.

Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mini Shrimp Rolls

Get ready to show off a little bit—because everyone will devour these cute little sandwiches made with shrimp, celery, and pickled jalapenos. Every Fourth of July celebration deserves these fresh shrimp salad rolls.

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Pickled Tiny Tomatoes

These colorful little flavor bombs are delicious eaten on their own or alongside a platter of cured meats and cheeses. Use different types of grape or cherry tomatoes for the prettiest presentation.


Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Party Poppers

This spicy bite-sized snack is always a recipe for success at any summer party. Stuffed with chicken-cream cheese filling and wrapped in some hickory-smoked bacon, these poppers are begging to make an appearance this Fourth of July.

Alison Miksch

Recipe: Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts

These tasty little bites made with puff pastry and colorful cherry tomatoes will be the hit of any summer party.

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Goat Cheese and Gouda Pimiento Cheese

Give your classic pimiento cheese a special twist for your backyard or beachside cookout. This variation withsharp white Cheddar, Gouda, and goat cheeses makes for an extra creamy and rich pimiento cheese that is sure to be a hit.


Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Easy Summer Appetizer Board

We gave this party favorite a distinctive Southern accent with pickled okra, country ham, and toasted pecans. Arrange the snacks on a large wooden board or serving platter, and let guests help themselves.

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Buttery Garlic Shrimp

The heavenly smell of garlic, white wine, and butter is the perfect way to welcome company, and this recipe only takes 15 minutes to make, so you can whip it up right before everyone arrives.

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Deviled Potatoes

We combined two Fourth of July favorites—Deviled eggs and potato salad—into one crowd-pleasing recipe. Make them a day before your get-together, and chill until you head out. When you arrive, they'll be the right serving temperature.


Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Mini Muffulettas

These sandwiches might be small, but they pack a flavorful punch. Stuffed with layers of cheese, cold cut, and pickled vegetables, these are sure to please the crowd this summer. Test Kitchen Tip: You can prepare the muffulettas the day before, store in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight.

Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Juicy melon, salty prosciutto, and creamy mozzarella come together for a perfect skewer-sized snack. Take this summer salad on the road with this easy and portable recipe.

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Shrimp Bowl Skewers

Enjoy the fun and flavor of a shrimp boil in one hand-held bite. Everyone will love these hearty shrimp and sausage skewers.


Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

Give your classic spinach dip a delicious new twist. The secret to this crowd-pleasing dip is the flavorful addition of sweet Vidalia onions. Serve with fresh vegetables for a dippable, light appetizer.

Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad

This summer salad offers a classic, no-fuss snack that you can serve as a spread with toasted baguette slices or as tea-sized sandwiches. Especially if you're in a pinch, this egg salad is a quick, delicious fix.

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

These deviled eggs are perfect for any Fourth of July party that doesn’t mind a little heat. Add some Tex-Mex flair with cilantro, green onion, and serrano or jalapeño peppers.


Alison Miksch

Recipe: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread

These open-faced sandwiches with a refreshing cucumber spread are a cool and creamy addition to your Fourth of July spread. Make use of your seasonal tomatoes, and serve open-faced as a filling, yet snackable party appetizer.

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Recipe: Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs

These pork spareribs are a great party starter because they can be eaten hand and served at room temperature. You can even prep them a day in advance, through step three. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash

Not sure what to do with those cute little pattypan squash popping up at the farmers’ market? Stuff them with a delicious goat cheese-pimiento spread and watch them disappear.


Becky Luigart Stayner

Hector Sanchez


9 Last-Minute Fourth of July Finger Foods You Can Whip Up Fast

Fourth of July Finger Foods That You Should Always Serve

Snacking at dinner parties can just get tricky—balancing your drink and plate are enough, but adding in utensils? This is why finger foods for parties should be pretty much mandatory these days. We're not saying all you should serve is some crudités, either, because that won't fill anyone up (though the right spread can be pretty epic, as you'll see in a second).

Basically, anything can be made bite-size if prepped—or cut—the right way (you just need to learn how). Below, we've rounded up our favorite party-ready recipes just in time for Fourth of July festivities. Scroll through, and then make your favorite Fourth of July finger foods for the party. Trust us, your guests will thank you, and you'll witness far fewer spills. 

Salt and Wind

When you're in the mood to treat your guests to something that looks a beautiful flower and tastes a party in your mouth, make this zucchini blossom recipe from Salt and Wind. They're stuffed with mozzarella cheese for a delicious surprise when you bite into them, and they look very summer-appropriate. 

Foodie Crush

What's better (or simpler) than a five-ingredient finger food? Taquitos rolled with chipotle pepper-spiced shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and lettuce will satisfy every palate. We that you can fry them if you want a crunchier shell or bake them if you want to be a bit healthier. Either way, they taste oh so good.

Wu Haus

What party is complete without a crudité platter? You don't have to look twice to know that this one from Wu Haus is as epic as it gets. Not only is it incredibly photogenic, but it's also packed with healthy, delicious snack options to keep your guests satisfied all afternoon. 

Half Baked Harvest

Southern food is always associated with good summer entertaining, and this appetizer is just one reason why. These chicken fingers are a mixture of crispy chicken, cornbread, and sweet corn kernels—comfort food at its finest. What truly elevates the dish is the homemade jalapeño honey butter (you can spread it on biscuits, too).

Salt and Wind

If you throw parties often (or attend potlucks on the regular), this crostini recipe from Salt and Wind is about to be your go-to appetizer dish. Topped with a medley of mushrooms, parsley, and parmesan and toasted to perfection, it's a simple yet delicious addition to your Fourth of July finger food lineup. 

Pinch of Yum

Vegetarian meatballs will help fill up your guests who follow a plant-based diet. A blend of cauliflower, quinoa, oat flour, eggs, and brown rice make up this finger food. Top with your favorite marinara or masala sauce, and insert a toothpick in each for easy snacking. 

Minimalist Baker

If you veggie cream cheese, then this one's for you. Vegan cream cheese mixed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, vegan Parmesan, and spinach are the ultimate filling in these tasty tortilla pinwheels. Spread them out on a platter so the pretty colors are on display. 

Salt and Wind

You really can't go wrong with this classic crowd-pleaser of a finger food, whether it's the Fourth of July or not.

They're super easy to nibble on while you talk and mingle, and they'll actually hit the spot, un some super-light finger food options we've seen at parties.

Brought to us by Salt and Wind, all you need is a mini baguette, high-quality butter and ham, and five minutes to spare. 

Food Faith Fitness

Finger foods for parties don't always have to be savory. Case in point: these delectable sweet potato pie bites made with roasted potato rounds topped with creamy Swiss cheese, toasted pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup. PS: They're way healthier than a real slice of pie.

Up next: dinner party ideas and tips that'll impress your guests.