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15 festive finger foods for the ultimate Fourth of July party

These simple yet delicious summer appetizers, mains and desserts make party planning a snap.
These kid-friendly marshmallow pops are perfect for any Fourth of July festivities!Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so it's time to start getting ready for your socially distanced backyard bash.

While fancy foods are fun for some festive events, at a barbecue, no one want to have to deal with a pesky knife and fork. Plus, these foods are all served individually — no communal dips and chips here. Take extra safety measures while serving by plating the finger foods in their own disposable bowls or ramekins.

Best savory summer appetizers

Briny capers and fresh dill are the perfect complement to rich and creamy egg yolks. Deviled eggs are timeless party starters that will never go out of style.

Twice-Baked Potato Bites

Buttery, creamy and cheesy — with bacon on top! — these potato bites are the perfect union of flavor and texture. Adding crushed potato chips and fresh chives to garnish takes this dish to the next level.

Al's Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Al Roker is a certified master of the grill and these veggies skewers are so delicious and easy to make, they might just become your favorite go-to summer side.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Meredith Brokaw

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, fried green tomatoes are a quintessential summer staple. We recommend pairing these delicious bites with fresh homemade ranch dressing.

Cobb Salad in a Crispy Bacon Cup

Stuffed with creamy avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and crisp lettuce, these bite-sized bacon cups are the perfect way to enjoy a classic Cobb salad.

Finger food favorites for the main course

Sweet, sticky, savory and tender: These teriyaki beef skewers definitely have it all! No matter when you serve them, they're sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Brats in a Blanket

Brats in a Blanket

Jyll Everman

A twist on classic pigs in a blanket, these beer-boiled bratwursts are wrapped snugly in puff pastry and paired with a creamy beer cheese dipping sauce. One bite and you'll never go back to eating plain hot dogs ever again.

These meatballs have layers upon layers of flavor ... literally. The onion shells help keep the meatballs moist and add both flavor and texture.

Smothered in a sweet and tangy honey-cider brown butter sauce, these wings are a perfect party food if you don't mind getting a little messy. We recommend serving this babies with plenty of napkins, but trust us, it's worth it!

Just when you thought pulled pork couldn't get any better, Al spices things up with this Hawaiian-inspired recipe. Cooked slowly for hours and tossed in a spicy vinegar sauce, this pulled pork recipe has a truly tropical twist.

Sweet and easy desserts

This recipe is fun, festive and simple for kids to follow. It's the perfect treat to bring to any summer barbecue or pool party. Just beware of the sugar high.

Mickey D's-Style Fried Apple Pies

Inspired by the classic McDonald's dessert, Dale Talde's recipe for handheld apple pies is an exciting take on the fast-food staple. Filled with a buttery cinnamon-apple mixture and topped with a sprinkle of sugar, these little pies are a truly comforting way to end a meal.

Refreshing ice pops aren't just for kids. These minty, bourbon-infused popsicles will cool you down and satisfy any cravings for a summery cocktail. Make a mocktail version by leaving out the booze.

With juicy Medjool dates, shredded coconut and almonds, these bite-sized sweets are packed with heathy fats, protein and lots of flavor. Served with a chocolate drizzle, these vegan, gluten-free treats require no baking so you can truly keep your cool in the kitchen.

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