35 Festive 4th of July Dessert Ideas

From classic American pies to creative flag-inspired treats, these 4th of July dessert ideas will satisfy all your sweet cravings.

4th of July Dessert Ideas for your holiday party

It’s gonna be a party in the USA and your taste buds with these 35 festive 4th of July dessert ideas!

No matter how you celebrate America’s birthday, one thing is certain….food and fireworks are always a crowd pleaser. 

So whether you spend the day on the water or at your house with family and friends, we’ve got you covered with some fun dessert recipes. So you will be the stand out of the party! 

Sprinkles and icing and cake OH MY! Let’s hop right into this tasty roundup of festive firework treats.

4th of July Dessert Ideas

1 – Red, White and Blue Jello Shots

photo of red white and blue jello shots

Nothing embodies Fourth of July desserts more than these red, white and blue jello shots. It’s equally delicious as it is pretty. Plus, you can customize the colors for any other holiday.

2 – Grilled Pound Cake with Mascarpone & Berries

ten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipe

We can stamp our seal of approval on this grilled pound cake because it’s our very own! It’s the perfect addition to your Fourth of July BBQ.

3 – Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler for 4th of July dessert ideas
Photo by The Pioneer Women

Nothing says summer time like fresh strawberries and cobbler, and this strawberry cobbler is sure to be a crowd fave! It’s easy to whip together and takes just under an hour to bake!

Serve with some vanilla ice cream, and you will have a bowl of perfection! This is way easier to make than a strawberry pie since you don’t have to worry too much about perfecting the look of the crust.

4 – Patriotic Cake Batter Dip

Patriotic Cake Batter Dip for 4th of July dessert ideas
Photo by Taste of the Frontier

This patriotic cake batter dip may be short on ingredients, but we promise there is no shortage of flavor. Serve it with cookies or with a fruit platter tray for a tried and true crowd pleaser. 

5 – Graham Cracker Flag

Graham Cracker Flags For The 4th Of July for fourth of july desserts
Photo by It’s Always Autumn

These precious and patriotic treats are perfect for young kiddos. Have them help you create these graham cracker flags. Not only can it be a festive treat, but it can also be a fun craft to keep the kiddos entertained.

6 –  No Bake Firework Oreo Cheesecake

No Bake Fireworks Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Photo by Soulfully Made

No Bake? Oreos? Say less. We are all about working smarter not harder and this no bake firework oreo cheesecake is not only delicious but so easy to make. 

7 – 4th of July Candy Board

Fourth of July Candy Board: American Flag Dessert
Photo by Ain’t Too Proud Meg

Food boards are all the rage these days, and a dessert board is no exception. This 4th of July candy board full of festive candy is not only tasty but absolutely picture perfect as well!

8 – Fireworks Cookies and Cream Cookies

Photo by Inside BruCrew Life

Oreos, M&Ms and sprinkles make up these colorful cookies and cream cookies. They’re soft, puffy and oh so yummy. 

And if cookies and cream is your fave, you should also check out our no bake cookies & cream oreo pie.

9 – Easy Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches

Easy Red, White And Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Recipe is a bit of a stretch for these semi homemade treats but these red, white and blue ice cream sandwiches are the easiest thing ever and look so festive for your party!

10 – 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
Photo by Zen and Honey

Nothing more fitting for America’s birthday than an American classic like Rice Krispie treats. These red, white and blue snacks  can be cut into star shapes, bomb pop shapes and so much more!

Plus, nothing screams summer more than recipes with marshmallows.

11 – No Bake Berry Trifle

No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle
Photo by Natasha’s Kitchen

We love a good trifle and this no bake berry trifle looks like a real winner. We were sold on fresh strawberries and blueberries. 

12 – Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes for 4th of July dessert ideas
Photo by Our Family of Seven

We think these ice cream cone cupcakes are a great treat to beat the heat of July. An ice cream cone that won’t melt in the sun is a major WIN! 

And if you decide you want real ice cream, then check out our easy no churn ice cream recipe

13 – Red White and Blue Bark

Red White and Blue Bark for 4th of July dessert ideas
Photo by The Chunky Chef

Our favorite thing about this red white and blue bark is that it is completely customizable and kid friendly. 

Get the kiddos in the kitchen to help and throw in all your favorite sprinkles, candies, cookies and more to make a quick and easy crowd pleasing dessert.

14 – 4th of July Poke Cake

4th of July Poke Cake
Photo by The Inspired Girl

This make ahead 4th of July poke cake recipe is great when your day will be spent on the water or away from the kitchen. It’s easy to throw together, and then sit until time to eat. 

It also makes for great leftovers and can be stored in the fridge for an additional 2 days. 

15 – Dr Pepper Cupcakes

Dr Pepper Cupcakes for 4th of July dessert ideas
Photo by The Pioneer Women

Dr Pepper is an American institution…at least here in Texas anyways. These Dr Pepper cupcakes are a nod to the South’s soda of choice that could easily be dressed up in patriotic liners or sprinkles or left as is too.

Pair it with a refreshing Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.

16 – 4th of July Whoopie Pie

4th of July Whoopie Pies: Red, White, and Blue Whoopie Pies
Photo by A Storybook Day

These patriotic whoopie pies are perfect for your family get-together or BBQ. They’re an American classic that are simple to make, and everyone will love them!

17 –  Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles
Photo by The View from Great Island

A healthy and colorful treat for a hot 4th of July day, these red, white and blueberry yogurt popsicles are refreshing and cooling. Pack them in the cooler for a day on the water or for their neighborhood picnic.

18 – 4th of July Patriotic Jello Pie

4th of July Patriotic Jello Pie
Photo by Together As Family

This is 3 layers of red white and blue perfection! The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make this patriotic jello pie. Make the night before so it has time to set up, and then watch as it cuts into picture perfect slices.

19 –  Fourth of July Macarons with American Buttercream

Photo by Sloane’s Table

For the more advanced bakers out there, these Fourth of July macarons are so beautiful! We love a good macaron as evidenced by some of our faves starting with our foolproof macaron recipe.

20 – 4th of July Cake in A Jar

4th of July Cake in a Jar Dessert Recipe
Photo by Emily Enchanted

This precious cake in a jar recipe is not only so cute but also so practical. Take on the lake or to the pool pool or pack with you to watch the fireworks! 

They pair well with these frito pie mason jars.

21 –  Red White and Blue Dump Cake

Red, White and Blue Dump Cake
Photo by Graceful Little Honeybee

If quick and easy is what you are after, then this red, white and blue dump cake is your answer. Patriotic and sweet, it’s made with cake mix and pie filling. Doesn’t get easier than that.

22 – Firework Sprinkle Cookies

4th of July Sprinkle Cookies
Photo by Crazy for Crust

Nothing says Happy Birthday America like sprinkles, and these firework sprinkle cookies are the perfect birthday treat for the land that we love.

23 –  4th of July Magic Cookie Bars

4th of July Magic Cookie Bars
Photo by Passion for Savings

You had us at magic cookie bar. These graham cracker crust bars topped with sweetened condensed milk, oats, M&Ms and chocolate chips are sure to win over any crowd. 

24 – Red White and Blue Berry Tart

Red, White & Blue Berry Tart | 4th of July Dessert
Photo by Pizzazzerie

A patriotic pastry that will be a crowd favorite is this red white and blue berry tart. Flakey pastry and fresh berries are all you need to whip up this beautiful dessert.

25 –  Firecracker Chocolate Marshmallows

Firecracker Chocolate Marshmallows {An Easy Patriotic Treat}
Photo by Kid Friendly Things To Do

An activity that doubles as a dessert is always a win, and that is exactly what these firecracker chocolate marshmallows are. 

26 – Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

American Frozen Bananas
Photo by The Food Network

A healthy and festive treat that screams summer! These chocolate covered frozen bananas can be decorated in whatever patriotic colors you wish! Roll them in sprinkles or crushed candies, and get creative.

27 – Patriotic Hand Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Patriotic Hand Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo by The Food Network

Turn fruit filled hand pies into ice cream sandwiches, and you’ll have a patriotic take on pie a la mode that nobody will be able to resist. 

28 –  Mixed Berry Shortcake

Mixed Berry Shortcake for summer desserts
Photo by The Food Network

Strawberry shortcake is always a good idea. Pair that with fresh blackberries and blueberries with these mixed berry shortcakes, and you have a dessert that is as eye-catching as it is delicious.

29 –  Firecracker Milkshake

Firecracker Milkshake for 4th of July food ideas
Photo by The Delish

A classic that is the perfect pairing for any hamburger and hot dog grilling, these firecracker milkshakes can be customized to your liking. The key is to not overmix so the colors take center stage.

30 – Red White and Blue Truffles

Red, White, and Blue Truffles for 4th of July food ideas
Photo by The Spruce Eats

Fourth of July truffles are dangerously easy to make at home and are the perfect addition to any patriotic party. 

31 – Mini Key Lime Pie

Mini Key Lime Pies for fourth of july dessert ideas
Photo by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Another American classic is the Key Lime Pie. These mini key lime pies are perfect for parties and on the go.

32 – Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe for summer dessert idea
Photo by Sugar & Cloth

Another traditional summer dessert, these sugar cookie fruit pizza are bite sized for a fun appetizer idea. Plus, who doesn’t love cookies or pizza?

33 — American Flag Cake

American Flag Cake 4th of July desserts
Photo by Dinner Then Dessert

A Fourth of July party wouldn’t be complete without some traditional patriotic desserts like the American flag cake. The recipe shows you how to easily make homemade vanilla cake and cool whip.

But we love that it shows you how to save time by making it with a boxed cake mix and store bought whipped cream.

34 — Red Velvet Fireworks Cake

Fireworks Cake
Photo by Crazy for Crust

You’ll probably always find the red velvet fireworks cake featured in Fourth of July dessert recipes and even Memorial Day recipes. And it’s probably because of how patriotic it looks with its mix of red, white and blue sprinkles. 

Inside you’ll find layers of velvet cake and funfetti cake.

35 — Donut Mini Ice Cream Cake

Photo of Donut Ice Cream Cake Recipe for Fourth of July Dessert Ideas
Photo by Sugar & Cloth

For donut lovers, serve these adorable individually sized donut mini ice cream cake at your next backyard BBQ party.

More Easy Desserts to Try

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