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July 4 food: 5 quick & easy appetizers for last-minute picnics

If you’re invited to a potluck picnic on July 4 and don’t feel like cooking, have we got some recipes for you.

Even a kitchen novice can handle the ingredients and preparation required for these five appetizers, all of which were pulled from “Centennial Collection: Favorite Recipes From the Newspaper Employees.” It’s a cookbook published in 1988 by The Birmingham News in honor of its 100th year.

The spreads are quick and easy to make, requiring little more than a visit to your neighborhood supermarket. Even better: Most of the recipes are delightfully retro, reflecting the times, trends and tastes

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Taco Bell’s 4th of July Hours 2021: Is It Open or Closed?

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Taco Bell 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! Are you wanting to grab a bean burrito or crispy taco at Taco Bell? Whether you just need a little extra food to give you some energy as you make it from one celebration to the next, or if you simply prefer having your entire Independence Day meal catered by Taco Bell, you may be wondering if Taco Bell is open on July 4th, 2021. We have good news. Most locations are expected to be open today.


Most Taco Bell Locations Are Open for Independence Day 2021, But Hours Can

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Fourth of July Appetizers and Recipes for Easy Desserts

The typical foods featured in Fourth of July festivities include barbecue dishes and picnic spreads, with finger foods, salads, dips and soups.

Here are some ideas for appetizers and simple desserts for the Independence Day celebrations, courtesy of USDA SNAP-Ed Connection and its MyPlate Kitchen program which developed a 4th of July summer menu.

Appetizers for Fourth of July

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

This refreshing starter is great for a day when it’s too hot to cook.

Cantaloupe Soup
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Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 cantaloupe (peeled, seeded and cubed)
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1
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Are McDonald’s & Burger King Open July 4th? Specials & Hours

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Happy 4th of July! If you’re looking for a quick meal for Independence Day 2021, then you might be wanting to grab something from McDonald’s or Burger King. But are the stores open today? Some are, but not all. Read on for more details.


McDonald’s Hours Vary Because Most Stores Are Franchise-Owned

The good news is that most McDonald’s locations will be open for the 4th of July holiday. However, those restaurant hours may vary by location, since most locations are franchise-owned. This means that restaurants can determine their own holiday hours.

To determine the hours of the McDonald’s

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July 4th 2021: Where to score the best food freebies and deals

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(WGHP) — It’s (probably) not your birthday, but you’re the one getting the present!

The United States of America is set to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, and restaurants are planning deals and specials to mark the occasion.

MORE | Officials warn against illegal fireworks ahead of holiday weekend: ‘Leave it to the experts’

Here are a few of the deals, steals and meals you can get

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