If Memorial Day is the unofficially sanctioned start to summer, then 4th of July is the holiday that signals that we are officially smack dab in the middle of the season, and if we haven’t started enjoying ourselves at barbecues and picnics then we’d better get with the program. And if the opportunity to attend a parade or some fireworks presents itself this weekend, then hither yourself there and have some fun.

The traditional foods of 4th of July are so American it hurts. Did you know, according to the U.S. census, 150 million hot dogs are consumer on July 4th? That’s one hot dog per every two people in the U.S. (and we don’t really like to share our hot dogs). Burgers, potato salad, pie….whether you’re humming the Star Spangled Banner of free bird, this is a good weekend to chow down on some of our most American-ific dishes.

Sausage and Peppers Skewers from Food Network

There’s nothing like a hot dog, that for sure, but if you’re looking to vary your sausage offerings, consider these super easy sausage and pepper skewers.

Good Old-Fashioned Potato Salad from Love Bakes Good Cakes

If ever there was a holiday that called for a big bowl of down home potato salad, this would be it. We love fancy, creative potato salads, with surprising additions and international flair…and we also love a big bowl of classic creamy, eggy, pickley potato salad, just like this one.

Grilled Corn with Flavored Butters from Foodie Crush

When it comes to corn, the main goal is to buy your ears as close to their growing source and as near to the time they were picked as possible for maximum sweetness. Cook them right on the grill and then slather on your choice of flavored and start nibbling.

Grilled Cheeseburgers with Herb Sauce from The Mom 100

Dress up your burgers with a creamy herb sauce, and two kinds of cheese!

Romaine, Red Onion, and Orange Salad from Eating Well

There is a tendency for summer barbecues to feature lots of foods that are a bit on the meaty or the creamy side. Don’t forget something green, like this wonderfully crunchy salad of crisp lettuce, sharp red onion, and juicy oranges.

Peach Raspberry Pie from A Taste of Home

As American as…peach raspberry pie. The berries impart their rosy color to the entire filling, and two of the world’s greatest summer fruits are put on a pedestal in this gorgeous dessert.