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20 Festive Fourth of July Appetizers

Kick off your Fourth of July party with these summery light appetizer bites, dips, and finger foods.

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Hot dog sliders

This fun appetizer adds a sweet kick to the classic American hot dog. The fresh flavor of the salsa is perfect for a hot July day. After grilling up some hotdogs, top them with a mixture of pineapple, mango, onion, pepper, and lime juice. Try these other ways to make a boring hot dog delicious.

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Inside out veggie dip

These are the perfect bite-sized appetizers to serve at your Fourth of July barbeque. Cut up cucumbers and bite-sized tomatoes and add a dollop of cream cheese dip or your own veggie dip.

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"Pigs in a blanket" appetizers

This festive twist on the classic pigs in a blanket is a cute way to celebrate America's stars and stripes for the Fourth of July. Use a cookie cutter to make puff pastry stars, place them on top of a sausage slice, and serve with a sweet and spicy mustard dipping sauce.

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Jalapeño popper pull-apart bread appetizer

Get all the spicy, cheesy goodness of jalapeño poppers (the ultimate party app!) with this no-fuss pull-apart bread that's ready in about 20 minutes. These are the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks ever.

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"Skinny" summer crab dip appetizer

Cracking crabs by the ocean sounds nice, doesn't it? Whisk yourself there with this dip, packed with crab meat and made "skinny" with reduced fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt.

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Patriotic taco salad

Redesign tacos in a different way. Mix all of the taco fillings into a 13x9 pan. Use tomatoes and cheese as the stripes and olives as the stars for an American flag.

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Red, white, and blue potato salad appetizer

Potato salad loves picnics like nothing else. Give yours a patriotic touch for the Fourth of July by using red, white, and blue potatoes, and pass on mayonnaise by using olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh herbs.

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Flag salad

This gorgeous appetizer is almost too pretty to eat. Cover the bottom of a large serving dish with arugula and top it with cut up feta cheese, watermelon, and blueberries. Also, try making these refreshing, patriotic drinks to go along with your appetizers.

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Kicked-up crackers appetizer

These firecracker crackers go well with creamy, smooth dips. This recipe turns saltines from bland to grand with ranch and red pepper flakes; baking gives them an extra crunch.

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Fruit skewers and yogurt dip appetizer

Celebrate red, white, and blue with skewers of blueberries, strawberries, and star-shaped watermelon slices if you're feeling the Fourth of July. Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, cinnamon, and orange liquor makes these feel grown-up.

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