Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July?! Cookouts, pools, family and memories galore, there’s not much that is better. Beth and Alicia shared their favorite 4th of July traditions and memories, and we gathered a few great recipe links for you to try this Independence Day. With the help of Pinterest, these goodies are so easy to find and make!
We all know someone who goes crazy with the grill on the 4th. Why not add this Cheeseburger Dip as a great twist to the cookout? Let guests enjoy the dip while the rest of the grilling happens. We all know someone who goes crazy with the grill on the 4th. Why not add this Cheeseburger Dip as a great twist to the cookout? Let guests enjoy the dip while the rest of the grilling happens. Sides make a meal great. This barbecue, bacon and blue cheese potato salad is an awesome addition to any dish. (Cheese, bacon and potatoes. What could be better?!) Sides make a meal great. This barbecue, bacon and blue cheese potato salad is an awesome addition to any dish. (Cheese, bacon and potatoes. What could be better?!) Popsicles are a great way to cool down and get a little sweetness in after a yummy meal or a nice swim. These fruity pops are festive and something fun to look forward to out at the pool or lake. Popsicles are a great way to cool down and get a little sweetness in after a yummy meal or a nice swim. These fruity pops are festive and something fun to look forward to out at the pool or lake.

Family Traditions & Memories

Beth said there is no better place to be than her lake house on the 4th of July. While traditions have changed over the years, her favorite is her family’s most recent tradition of having an annual rib cook-off. Friends and family load up their own grills, bring ribs and start cooking. At the end of the day, the ribs are judged and someone proudly leaves with the trophy, a ceramic rooster, and of course bragging rights.
Last year's winner of Beth's annual rib cook-off pictured with the trophy, a ceramic rooster. Last year’s winner of Beth’s annual rib cook-off pictured with the trophy, a ceramic rooster.
Alicia loves the 4th of July! She has so many special memories associated with the holiday. From watching fireworks from her grandmother’s pier at Lake Martin with her cousins to the bicentennial celebration block party she dressed up for (in 1976!) to her dad grilling chicken to eat with her mom’s mashed potato casserole. She said she loves the patriotism and pride for our country that is on display. “œI thank God that he allowed me to be born in the land of the free and the home of the brave!”