The 4th of July conjures up childhood memories of BBQ's, sparklers, spectacular fireworks shows, and baking flag cakes topped with raspberries and blueberries. Independence Day is my favorite holiday not only because it's the best time of year and means running around in shorts and a bathing suit near a pool or shoreline, but also because I still find fireworks magically romantic. Donning red, white, and blue is a must for me, as are festive decorations to set the mood.
If you're hosting a party, go simple with a 1-pot meal. A clambake is the perfect crowd-pleaser and can feed an army without much effort. Finish it off with the aforementioned flag cake, some bubbly, and toast to your country...cheers!