WEEHAWKEN, NJ. - JULY 4: The New York City skyline is seen in the distance as fireworks explode over the Hudson River during the Macy's fireworks display July 4, 2009 in Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the first time since 2000 that the Macy's display took place over the Hudson River and not the East River.

The first-ever American Independence day was officially marked with joyous crowds mingling over bonfires, picnics, and fireworks that brightened the night sky.

July Fourth is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. If you went to history class in school, you should know this.

But everyone celebrates the holiday in different ways. Some families host the classic cookout, grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and pulling out the crockpot to warm up some sweet baked beans or spicy bbq meatballs while singing along to all things American. And what’s a cookout without that traditional American flag cake that includes whip cream, blueberries, and strawberries? Some even dine out to strawberry shortcake or milk chocolate banana pudding!

Now, don’t underestimate the sugary goodness of the flag cake and strawberry shortcake! But isn’t time to change things up this year? Would you consider going even crazier with the patriotic yums?

Create fireworks in the kitchen this 4th of July! It’s time to bake all kinds of unique and snazzy desserts to have at your cookout or party.

We have some ideas that might do the trick! Your guests will be blown away! These are desserts that both the adults and kids will love. We’ll thank Pinterest for the help.

Red, White, And Blue Muddy Buddies 

They’re colorful with a sweet and salty crunch. Too delicious! Pair them up with a cold one and your good to go!


American Flag Marshmallow Pops 

Soft, fluffy and fun to eat. What more do you need?


4th of July Sparkler Cake 

Could I have some pretzels with my fireworks cake, please? And, they’re sparkly!


Red, White, And Blue Cupcake In A Jar

Well, this is a new way to do cupcakes. Can we have a scoop?


Tie Dye Fourth of July S’mores

You can’t beat good company and s’mores over a campfire. Don’t people do this on the 4th?


Fireworks Cupcakes

I bet these aren’t as easy to make as they look. Three colors of icing and a steady hand! But they’re mouthwatering! Is it the 4th yet?


4th of July Cake Pops & Strawberries Dipped in White Frosting and Blue Sprinkles

Take one bite of cake and indulge in some strawberries. See, you can still make healthy choices on the 4th of July!


Sarah Francis is a half-Palestinian journalism junkie, a proud Charlotte, NC native with an oversized sweet tooth, and an active world traveler. Ask her where she’s headed next. (@Sarah_Francis25)

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