Sweet and Savory Treats for Memorial Day and the 4th of July

When we first came to the USA, about 10 years ago, one thing that truly struck us was the patriotism of Americans. In our small town here in Michigan so many houses have the American flag hoisted in their front lawn. In the Philippines, we only do this, if at all, during our own Independence Day and after that, the flag goes back to the closet and won’t be taken out again until the next year. But here, it’s there pretty much the whole year through.

The patriotism is even more evident during Memorial Day and of course, the 4th of July (which incidentally is celebrated in the Philippines as Filipino-American Friendship Day, though am not certain if it is still declared as an official holiday there, it was when I was in elementary but I won’t reveal the particular years, lest I inadvertently reveal my young (???) age.  🙂 Anyway, we have almost religiously watched the Memorial Day Parade every year in our town and it is always so touching to see how much they honor and salute the veterans as they walk along the streets of Downtown Holland. Some members of our church are veterans so we also look forward to seeing them parade down the street every year. It is such a special day, indeed.

Of course, after the parade is finished it’s time for picnic at the park or a get-together at someone else’s house. We go to whoever invites our family as we don’t really have any relatives in the area. Well, for those who are planning to have a get-together this Memorial Day or the 4th of July – here’s a wonderful round-up of delicious recipes that’s sure to make everyone smile! Pick and choose the recipe that you fancy and am sure, they’ll all be yummy! Happy Memorial weekend for now!


Red and Blue Berry Pie Bars by Manila Spoon


Red Velvet, White and Blueberry Dessert  by Lemony Thyme


Watermelon and Berry Spinach Salad by Babble


Red White and Bruschetta by Jehan can Cook


Homemade Mixed Berry Frozen Yogurt by Manila Spoon


Red White and Blue Cherry Blueberry Shortcakes by Tried and Tasty


Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes, Pesto and Mozarella by Jason and Shawnda


Chile Lime Shrimp Skewers by Fork Knife Swoon


Patriotic Berry Trifle by Foodnetwork.com

Berry {Quick and Easy} Layered Cake by Home is where the Boat is.


Red White and Blue Chips and Salsa by Hungry Happenings


Caprese Pasta Salad by Be Book Bound


Red and White Blue Dessert Pizza by Better Recipes


Grilled Salmon with Lemony Dill Butter Sauce by Manila Spoon


Scrumptious Beef Skewers by Manila Spoon


Patriotic Cake Pops by Party City


Easy American Flag Cheesecake Bars by She Knows


Fudgy Patriotic Brownies by Taste of Home


Red White and Blueberry Popsicles by The View from Great Island


Slow Cooker Three Berry Cobbler by Manila Spoon


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  1. May 24, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in this wonderful recipe roundup Abby. All of these recipes look so tasty.

    • May 27, 2014 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks Libby, the pleasure is mine. 🙂

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