10 Fun 4th of July Foods
4th of July in Rome will look a little different this year, there will not be any planned activities at Ridge Ferry Park. The city is still hosting a fireworks show though! You can see their announcement HERE. In order to help you have a fun Independence Day experience I have a list of ten kid friendly foods to add a little something extra to your day!
1. Patriotic Charcuterie Board
This is a really easy way to accommodate food preferences and dietary needs! Create a board filled with layers of red, white and blue foods. This blog post by Reluctant Entertainer has a really fun inspiration picture! We love these in our household, but usually call them finger food boards!
Krispy Kreme in town has four different 4th of July donut flavors! There are two filled options, and one donut with popping candy on top! Krispy Kreme’s drive thru will be open until 11pm Saturday evening. They will be a great place for a quick treat on your way home!
3. Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie Treats can be easily customized with candy melts, food coloring or sprinkles! This is also a treat older children can help you make ahead of time! The Two Sisters blog has my personal favorite recipe for Rice Krispie Treats, they even have a Firecracker Rice Krispie Treat recipe!
4. Fruit Kabobs
You can be really fancy and cut watermelon into stars with a cookie cutter, or go with simple uncut fruit layers. Either way you make them the kids will love the kabob and eating the fruit in a different way! Last I checked strawberries were on sale at Walmart!
Pelican’s Snoballs will be open 10am – 6pm on Saturday and they have a Fourth of July special that looks delicious! Stop in and tell them we sent you!
6. Candied Popcorn
We love to make candied popcorn in the Cook house! This one is easy to dump into gallon baggies and let preschoolers and toddlers help by shaking them! We usually use popcorn, almond bark, colored candy melts and sprinkles. The BakerMama has a fancier version called Patriotic Party Mix!
Growing up shortcake was a traditional 4th of July dessert! Top some cakes with whipped topping, blueberries and strawberries and you are set with a simple and easy kid pleaser! I did see a stall at the Between the Rivers Farmers Market with blueberries and blackberries last week! I would advise getting there early before they sell out! They will be open from 8:30am-10:30am on Saturday.
The Sweet Bar has some of the cutest cupcakes all ready for Saturday! They won’t be open on Saturday, so make sure you shop before hand! They will be open 6am-6pm on Friday! They also have some snazzy looking donuts!
How about a savoury food? Pasta is really easy to split into baggies and drop some food coloring onto! You can used colored pasta in pasta salad or a white cheddar mac and cheese. Penny Pinchin’ Mom uses simple boxed mac and cheese for her Patriotic Mac & Cheese!
You can play with layering different sodas, freezing juices into ice cubes or doing a little of both! You could even turn it into a fun science lesson on density if you aren’t burnt out on homeschooling yet! Mama Cheaps has a simple recipe for Berry Patriotic Soda that will make your kiddo smile!
Don’t forget to check out our list of favorite places to get treats around town! Some of them may have other deals going on not listed here!