From backyard bashes to family bike rides, there’s no shortage of fun 4th of July activities to keep you and your loved ones busy this Independence Day. But few things truly personify the holiday spirit quite like backyard barbecue featuring a ton of fun summer party ideas, 4th of July party decorations, and an assortment of mouthwatering desserts to cap it all off! Forget fireworks. These over-the-top desserts will really end the party with a bang!
From all-American snack mixes to individual berry pies topped with vanilla ice cream, there is a 4th of July dessert here for every kind of dessert lover. You can get your summer dessert fix via sweet treats featuring fresh fruits, but we've also got plenty of decadent ice cream cakes, rich and gooey s'mores, and even a super yummy salted banana pudding. Consider taking your patriotic pride one step further by working the American Flag itself into your confections. These festive dessert recipes mark a perfectly patriotic way to end your day of celebrating the U.S.A. And just so you don't OD on desserts, you should also check out our grilling barbecue side dishes and 4th of July menus that will help get your ready for your patriotic party. Now on to the sweet stuff.
An all-American classic, this banana pudding benefits from the addition of just a hint of salt.
Soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside, these parfaits are the bomb when topped with sweetened whipped cream and homemade blueberry sauce.
Your favorite summer dessert just got even sweeter with these three takes on the traditional. Whether you choose Strawberry S'mores, Chocolate S'mores 2.0, or Peanut Butter S'mores, they're all absolutely delicious.
Sweetened with honey but with a tangy kick from sour cream and buttermilk, these pops are sure to become a summer favorite.
Tart and sweet, this dessert is for the fruit lover in your group. Toss ripe plums with a little vinegar and honey and serve over vanilla ice cream.
Cereal takes center stage in this gooey ice cream parfait.
Feast your eyes on this towering beauty. Homemade, oversize cookies get layered with your favorite ice cream flavor and a ton of gooey chocolate sauce. Over the top? Yep, just the way we like it
A garnish of chamomile flowers adds a little something special to this tart. (Don't worry—the beautiful blooms are completely safe to eat.)
Fill store-bought profiterole shells with whipped cream cheese and blackberries and then enjoy. Simple and sweet!
This gluten-free pie is the perfect centerpiece for any table. It looks so good, you won't want to cut into it. But you'll be glad you did once you start eating!
Get the recipe at Yummy Mummy Kitchen.
These might look like frozen desserts at first glance, but that's actually just a heavily sprinkled cupcake.
Get the recipe at Best Friends for Frosting.