30+ 4th of July Appetizers

Kick off your independence day BBQ with some of these dips and finger foods. This collection features all of our favorite 4th of July Appetizers that never cease to please party guests!

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BEST fourth of july appetizers

Independence Day usually means fun, friends and food!! We usually have water involved in some way too, but let’s get back to the FOOD part…

We have so many great 4th of July recipes, including appetizers. We love to serve apps because we usually hang out for a good portion of the day with friends and family, and we love having food that can be out for everyone to snack on until we grill and have dinner.

We wanted to make sure we shared with you all of THE BEST 4th of July appetizers!

Collection of Fourth of July appetizers - bruschetta

Tips for Serving Appetizers

Here are some general appetizer tips:

  • Appetizers should be served about an hour before dinner.
  • Choose appetizers that are easy to make as well as ones that can be made ahead of time. 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring appetizers to help ease your to do list.
  • Balance the dishes by offering a mixture of hot and cold, protein and vegetables, light and heavy. Consider colors and textures as well.
  • Appetizers should not be set out for more than 2 hours. 

How many? If appetizers will be served before a large meal, plan for each person to eat 4-6 appetizers. If you plan to serve only appetizers, plan for guests to eat 8-12 in the first hour and 6-8 during every hour after. Increase the number of different appetizers served according to how many guest you have attending:

  • 3 appetizer dishes: <10 guests
  • 5 Appetizer dishes: 10-20 guests
  • 7 appetizer dishes: 20-40 guests
  • 9 appetizer dishes: 40+ guests

Dips and Salsas

Dips and Salsas

You can never go wrong with dips of any kind on holidays. They usually serve a lot and are very easy to make.

Serve Dips and Salsas with chips, crackers, and veggies.

Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo - this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 49 votes
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Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
7 Layer Bean Dip - our family's favorite recipe with loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese and more! It's a must-have appetizer at most family functions.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Appetizer, Snack Dill Vegetable Dip Recipe
The perfect go-to veggie dip for parties and snacking. Use it for vegetables, chips, or whatever you feel like! Even if you don't like dill pickles, you'll love this Dill Vegetable Dip.
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Bacon Ranch Cheese ball is the perfect partner for your veggie tray! With cheese, bacon, and ranch flavors, you can do no wrong!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde - a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Appetizer Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw diced tomatoes, rotel, cilantro, lime juice, onion powder, jalapeños, and cumin into your blender, and blend! It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, or any other Mexican food!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 51 votes
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Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can't go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Mango Salsa Recipe
This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It's filled with sweet pineapple, cilantro, mangoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos making it full of flavor and simple to make.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You'll love the flavor combinations in this recipe!
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa - one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Taco Dip Recipe
Loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings, this creamy taco flavored dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
All the flavor of buffalo wings in a creamy, cheesy, simple dip! This super easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is filled with chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, and three different types of cheese! It's perfect for parties and get togethers, served with chips or veggies.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe
Jalapeño Popper Dip is packed with 4 kinds of cheese, just enough spicy Jalapeños to give it a kick, and a golden crispy topping. This dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Warm Appetizers

Warm Appetizers

Even when things are hot outside, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy warm food. Many appetizers can be made ahead and throw in the oven so they’re nice and warm for grazing before the real dinner begins.

Keep appetizers warm by using a crock pot or chafing dishes.

Appetizer Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
This Recipe Is Inspired By One Of Our Favorite Disneyland Foods – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers From Bengal Barbecue! These Skewers Only Require 4 Ingredients And Take Less Than 10 Minutes On The Grill! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Fried Green Beans Recipe
Crispy green bean fries making all of your appetizer dreams comes true! Breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and fried to crunchy perfection!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Appetizer, Snack Zucchini Tots Recipe
Cheesy zucchini tots are a fun twist on tater tots, and are loaded with my favorite vegetable. They're super easy and quick to make.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.8 from 24 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
Spinach Dip Bites are crunchy, bite-size treats are cheesy and buttery, making them a great appetizer. They are a hit every time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.72 from 28 votes
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Appetizer Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies Recipe
With only 5 minutes of prep and 3 ingredients, these Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies are by far one of the easiest appetizers! And they taste amazing!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Appetizer Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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Appetizer Fried Pickles Recipe
Deep fried pickles are crunchy, flavorful, and SO tasty! These pickle slices are breaded and fried to perfection, making them a crowd-favorite party appetizer!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.69 from 16 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 48 votes
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Appetizer Boneless Buffalo Wings Recipe
Spicy tender pieces of chicken that make the a delicious appetizer! These Boneless Buffalo wings are simple and are great for dinner or any party!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 15 votes
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Main Course Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe
Everyone loves these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders because they're easy, cheesy and addicting! They don't take long to make, and are perfect for any get together—always a crowd pleaser!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Appetizer Mozzarella Balls Recipe
Fried mozzarella bites are delicious, easy and the perfect party appetizer when served with marinara. Everyone loves this bite-sized snack!
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
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Cold Appetizers

Cold Appetizers

And of course – you can’t deny cold food to snack on when it’s warm. If cold appetizers are being served outdoors, you can easily keep them cool by placing them on a tray full of ice. 

Here are some of our favorite cool appetizers…

Appetizer Bruschetta Recipe
This yummy appetizer is quick, simple and perfect for any party! This easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe only requires 5 ingredients!! Everyone loves how easy it is!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Appetizer Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You'll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish Caprese Stuffed Avocados Recipe
Simple and Fresh Caprese Stuffed Avocados are a twist on classic flavors. This is a perfect appetizer or side to any meal!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Greek Cucumber Cups Recipe
Simple Greek Cucumber Cups are a light and delicious appetizer that whips up in minutes. They are a perfect low calorie snack!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Appetizer Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe
These delicious Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups are made from a rolled tortilla filled with Ranch Veggie dip, and chopped veggies, making them the perfect bite-sized party appetizer!
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Caesar Salad Cups Recipe
Caesar Salad Cups are a quick, simple and tasty side dish or appetizer. They're mini salads in a cup and great for parties and get togethers!
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Veggie Cups Recipe
Quick and Easy Veggie Cup Appetizers - filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.
5 from 1 vote
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Side Dish Fruit Kabobs Recipe
Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Hummus Recipe
If You Need A Quick Healthy Snack Or Party Appetizer, You Can Whip Up This Homemade Hummus In 5 Minutes Or Less!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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