12 Patriotic Red, White and Blue Appetizers

Hosting folks and need a delicious appetizer to serve on July 4th? These 12+ Patriotic Red, White and Blue Appetizers are colorful and flavorful dishes, and feature the colors red, white and blue. Whether you’re looking for a crostini, a veggie or a dip, there is something for everyone in these Fourth of July appetizers!

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July 4th is coming up, and I’m planning ahead. And this year, we’re doing more than hot dogs on the grill. Appetizers are on the menu. Huzzah!

If you’re in the market for some festive starters, I’ve got you covered with these patriotic 4th of July appetizers. Truly, these simple recipes are perfect for sharing at a July party. 

Also, these appetizers are fabulous for sharing at Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend events, too.

And this list here? It’s all about foods that ARE the colors red, white & blue, which makes them especially perfect for a July celebration.

After all, we love good food and sharing it with the people we love… and there’s something fun about a theme that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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    These patriotic appetizers are colorful, delicious and are perfectly paired with a main course, a summery side and an ice cold beer (or your beverage of choice).

    What counts as a 4th of July appetizer?

    Honestly, this depends on you and your family because everyone has a different idea of what might classify as appetizers for 4th of July. 

    For me, the key is that these easy recipes are simple to make at home, that they can be transported for special occasions and shared with a crowd. (Pro tip: a slow cooker recipe is great for this!)

    Some of the best 4th of July appetizers and snacks include…

    • Finger foods and bite-sized appetizers, like deviled eggs, make-ahead sandwich rolls, cucumber sandwiches and chicken wings.
    • Favorite dips, like spinach artichoke dip, buffalo chicken dip, savory cream cheese dip, jalapeno popper dip, black bean dip and corn salsa… Be sure to grab a bag of tortilla chips or potato chips to serve with them!
    • Fresh berries and fruits, like strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, etc. Not only do these taste amazing during the summertime, but they add awesome color to any dish, too!

    Please note that I have not included dessert items or sweet treats, like a cookie, chocolate, etc., on this list, but. I recommend checking 40+ 4th of July Desserts for an awesome list of those. (There are even some American flag-inspired desserts.)

    The dishes listed below are all fabulous for a backyard BBQ, picnic or a summer party. They pair beautifully with grilled mains, as well as classic summer sides, like pasta salad, potato salad, baked beans and more.

    And the best part is they’re all red, white or blue for Independence Day.

    Some of these recipes are more traditional versions while some are a fun twist on a classic. Some are semi-homemade and call for grocery store ingredients while others are completely from scratch.

    No matter how involved, though, they all call for simple ingredients.

    You’ll find recipes here that are great for a small gathering. They can also be scaled for a larger crowd, if necessary. You’re bound to find the PERFECT appetizer for any summer occasion here.

    Looking for more July 4th recipes? Don’t miss these 15+ 4th of July Cocktails.

    COLORFUL Red, White and Blue Appetizers

    Here are some of our favorite 4th of July appetizers… Be sure to click through for the full recipe…

    A oval platter of Caprese Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes
    Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
    Before the summer ends, celebrate the season with this super quick and easy Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta. Slice four ripe heirloom tomatoes, and place them on top of French bread slices and fresh mozzarella slices to make this beautiful appetizer.

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    Whipped feta dip in a blue bowl garnished with tomatoes surrounded by raw vegetables and chips for dipping
    Whipped Feta Dip
    Whipped Feta Dip is an excellent starter for any occasion! Made with just 4 ingredients and a few spices, this creamy dip recipe is simple to make and great for sharing.
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    Overhead of a jar of roasted tomato salsa on a yellow surface next to a white linen with lime and jalapeño
    Roasted Tomato Salsa
    Turn vine-sweetened heirloom tomatoes into Roasted Tomato Salsa! Heirloom tomatoes are seasoned, roasted and combined with peppers, red onion, garlic and lime juice before being processed. This salsa pairs beautifully with tortilla chips.
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    A bowl of Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Dip with dippers and a jar of a McCormick spice blend
    Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Dip
    Zesty Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Dip is a delicious, simple appetizer recipe that’s perfect for sharing. This easy dip recipe is ready to serve in less than 5 minutes!
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    A platter of pepperoni pizza rolls with a bowl of pizza sauce
    Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
    Serve up Pepperoni Pizza Rolls to feed a crowd! Store-bought pizza dough is rolled flat, then filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, then rolled into pinwheels and baked to make the ultimate gameday appetizer.

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    Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta
    Entertain with ease by letting your guests to make their own Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta! This recipe calls for four ingredients, this appetizer adds spicy sweetness to any party!
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    Red Pepper, Blue Potato and Goat Cheese Pizza
    Red, white and blue pizza? Oh yeah! This colorful Grilled Patriotic Pizza is a fabulous starter for the whole family. Make smaller dough rounds and let everyone build their own
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    Whipped Cottage Cheese with Berries Crostini
    This BERRY CROSTINI is a delightful thing, and the bruschetta lover that lives inside me is rejoicing at this goodness! This Whipped Cottage Cheese with Berries Crostini comes together in 5 minutes and is an easy, fast app for sharing.
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    Grilled Red, White, and Blue Potato Skewers with Ranch Dressing
    Little potatoes… on a stick? These Red, White and Blue Potato Skewers are wonderful because they’re perfect walking around and interacting in the summertime sun and enjoying the company of friends.
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    Fig, Goat Cheese, Bacon and Honey Crostini
    These Fig, Goat Cheese, Bacon and Honey Crostini are a little more subtle on the color, but those figs are a gorgeous blue color, and this combination of flavors just makes me oh-so-happy.
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    Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
    It wouldn’t be summertime without fruit salad! I’m absolutely loving this take on this seasonal classic: Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad, highlighting some of my favorite fruits of the summer months!
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    Summer Blueberry Thyme Mascarpone Crostini
    Another in the blue-and-white category, Blueberry Thyme Mascarpone Crostini is all kinds of stunning. Also, this flavor combination is just perfect for a hot summer’s day!
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    Five Ingredient Baked Caprese Dip
    Looking for a warm appetizer this July 4th? This Baked Caprese Dip is beautifully red and absolutely delightful, ooey, gooey. It celebrates the summertime goodness of tomatoes (paired with cheeeeeese.) What’s not to love?
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    1. Oh what a fabulous round-up! Need it for planning July 4 festivities with family while traveling. It also means I can peruse the local farmers markets for all those berries. WINNING.

      1. Thank you, Susannah! I’m glad that this round-up provides some inspiration for July 4th festivities for you, especially since you’re planning to hit up farmers markets for berries. SO GOOD! Enjoy!

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