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Commemorating the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is only two days away! If you haven’t already decided what to make or where to watch fireworks, we thought we’d offer some last-minute ideas.

Fourth of July recipes:

For the main course and sides: Try the mustard-glazed mushroom burger or grilled pork tenderloin with corn on the cob for a main dish or try any of the delicious grilled options in this Food Network gallery.

For dessert: Recipes for red-white and blue themed desserts (a staple for the holiday!) can be found in this Taste of Home gallery—from colorful trifles to fruit pies, cupcakes and gelatin molds.

For drinks: July 4 wouldn’t be complete without a cool, refreshing drink, preferably ones that follow the red, white and blue theme! Betty Crocker has several recipes to offer, including a sparkling raspberry tea, white sangria and watermelon lemonade.

Fourth of July crafts:

Not surprisingly, Martha Stewart has some ideas on the perfect Fourth of July crafts. If you’re throwing a party or small get-together, Stewart has plenty of tips for decorations, including centerpieces, hand-made pinwheels and star medallions.

Better Homes and Gardens is also offering tips on crafts to keep children and grandchildren busy, like red, white and blue drink holders, door banners, paper fireworks and patriotic garlands.

Fourth of July fireworks:

Make sure to check out this link to find out when and where fireworks shows will be held in Massachusetts. There are lots to choose from, including the nearby towns of Newton, Waltham and Needham.

We hope you have a happy Fourth of July!