06/27/2013 09:38 am ET Updated Aug 24, 2013

10 Classic American Dishes for the Fourth of July


There's hardly a holiday more patriotic than the Fourth of July. As the sun sets, the burgers grill, and the red, white, and blue streamers fly, it's hard not to think back to that fateful night almost 240 years ago when the USA was born. Or, if you're not feeling quite so sentimental, you'll at least be excited by the sky-sweeping fireworks, juicy watermelon, and good company.

However you celebrate the Fourth, there's no holiday more appropriate for enjoying your favorite classic American dishes. Taken together, these 10 regional and country-wide recipes showcase the quintessential dishes that define American home-cooking.

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10 Classic American Dishes for the Fourth of July

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