With 4th of July around the corner, many of us will celebrate America’s Independence Day by firing up the grill in the backyard and lounging around the backyard. Burgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork make for tasty, holiday fun, but what else can make your 4th of July pop?

1. Shish Kabobs

A delectable meal option for your 4th of July party, shish kabobs combine your favorite meat cuts and bite-sized veggies. Take your pick: marinated chicken, beef, or pork mixed in with green peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, and tomatoes. A major plus here is that shish kabobs still let you show off your grill skills. Pair with some tasty strawberry lemonade and corn on the cob and your 4th of July party will be complete.

2. Pasta Salad

This easy, delicious mealtime favorite is both filling and customizable. With your choice of vegetable or fruit add-ins, sauces, and cheese combinations, pasta salad is a home run hit for your 4th of July party. Since the prep time is short and easy, throw a few different types together to give your guests more variety. Tomato, basil and mozzarella; grape and cranberry with shredded cheese; black olives and spinach alfredo--the possibilities are endless and yummy.

3. Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos? Make tacos a 4th of July hit this year with the spectacular array of choices. Soft shell or crunchy shell; beef, chicken, or vegetarian; lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese--you can have it all, or not. Setup is simple and worry-free, and guests can easily help themselves to the menu items to create their own perfect taco. Convenient, quick, delicious. That’s a 4th of July trifecta that deserves a shout out.