Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 57 Recipes For Your Fourth Of July Party

It's crazy to think that July 4th is already upon us. (And perhaps even crazier that it's smack dab in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday.) It's a day that calls for requisite fireworks and hot dog eating competitions, as well as time spent outdoors with friends and family. But the food at your various parties can make or break it...unless you have some really good friends/family. Here are 57+ recipes for making the best nachos, guacamole, watermelon salad, and grilling the juiciest skewers, burgers, hot dogs, and more.

Outdoor-Friendly Meats and Seafood

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[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

Burgers, Sandwiches, Sausages

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[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Chips, Dips, and Mexican Favorites

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

More Starters and Party Food

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[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

Salads

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[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]

Veggies and Sides

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Sweets

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Sweets Editor Carrie Vasios put together her list of 15 Desserts to Make for 4th of July which has everything from berry tarts, to boozy ice cream sandwiches.

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