The 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays growing up. Each year, my parents would take me and a few of my close friends to Philadelphia for an afternoon of eating, sightseeing and celebrity spotting. One year, we saw Rosa Parks!! She was actually getting on a bus. I was always so enthralled with the energy coursing through that city on the 4th of July. You could feel the excitement.
Later in the evening, my friends and I would watch our hometown fireworks from someone’s backyard. Fireflies blinking in the warm, dark summer air. The back patio wet with pool water. Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. Tradition. That’s what the 4th of July means to me. I love the sense of tradition with friends and family.
Since moving to San Diego (far far away from my hometown and Philadelphia), I have had to establish some different traditions. Summer flavors, backyard grilling, afternoon cocktails and bayside fireworks. Cooking for friends and loved ones. I do miss those old traditions, but I am also excited for the new ones. Below is a collection of recipes perfect for a 4th of July bash. Some of these recipes are from Independence Day celebrations of years past. Some are recipes I’ll be making again in a few days. I hope you enjoy