Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and the perfect time for one last big get together with friends and family before the cool days of fall come rolling in.
We have put together a list of delicious and patriotic themed foods that are kid friendly and perfect to serve at your “goodbye summer” BBQ.
Did you know?
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
For even more fun recipes, check out our article on delicious recipes to try with your kids this summer.
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American Flag Layer Dip
This dip is super easy to put together and your guests will love it! It’s perfect to serve with veggie dippers for the kids.
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Get the recipe for American Flag Layer Dip
These firecracker hot dogs are super fun and patriotic. You can make them with beef, turkey or veggie dogs.
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Get the recipe here for Firecracker Dogs
Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese
A bbq staple, your kids will never know this is made with yellow squash.
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Get the recipe here for Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese
The recipe calls for a cherry filling, but make these into apple pies for a fun patriotic twist.
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Get the recipe here for Pie Pops
These burgers are easy for little hands to hold and can be easily thrown on the grill. Top with tomato and lettuce for a veggie boost.
Get the recipe here for Cheeseburger Sliders
These red white and blue strawberries are an awesome healthy dessert that can be made ahead and frozen.
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Get the recipe here for Patriotic Strawberries
Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs
A super simple and delicious way to get you kids to enjoy the last of the fresh summer fruit.
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Get the recipe here for Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs
Fruit and Brownie Kebabs
These kebabs will satisfy everyone’s dessert tastes.
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Get the recipe here for Fruit and Brownie Kebabs
This basic summer essential side dishes is one that your kids will love.
Get the recipe here for Kid Friendly Coleslaw
Kid Friendly Patriotic Punch
This Patriotic Punch is so fun and refreshing for those last hot summer days.
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Get the recipe for Patriotic Punch.
Grilled Key Lime Chicken
A fun take on traditional bbq chicken.
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Get the recipe here for Grilled Key Lime Chicken
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
The perfect bbq side dish. Plus, what child DOESN’T love bacon?
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Get the recipe here for Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Flag Fruit Pizza
Sweet and delicious, this flag fruit pizza is an awesome dessert option.
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Get the recipe for Flag Fruit Pizza
Pesto Grilled Shrimp
A delicious way to switch up any bbq and get you kids to enjoy some seafood.
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Get the recipe here for Pesto Grilled Shrimp
Tortellini is a kid favorite that is even more fun to eat on a stick. The tomatoes give this dish a nice patriotic color twist.
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Get the recipe for Tortellini Kabobs
You will never get the secret to these beans….grape Jelly!
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Get the recipe here for Baked Beans
Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
While pulled chicken can be a bit messy, it’s too delicious to turn away. Serve these on slider buns for little hands.
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Get the recipe here for Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
A super simple and fun way to make your dessert patriotic. Let your kids mix and match with different toppings.
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Get the recipe here for Patriotic Cone
Grilled Chocolate Banana Melts
A healthy and fun take on traditional s’mores.
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Get the recipe here for Grilled Chocolate Banana Melts
Black Bean And Corn Pasta Salad
A quick and simple side dish loaded with veggies. Play around with this recipe and add whatever veggies you have.
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Get the recipe here for Black Bean & Corn Pasta Salad
A fun and refreshing drink for adults and kids alike.
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Get the recipe here for Berry Lemonade
Yummy Grilled Zucchini
Kids will love these delicious fry shaped veggies. Get creative and try grilled carrots, sweet potatoes or even beets.
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Get the recipe here for Yummy Grilled Zucchini
Watermelon on a Stick
A fun way to serve a bbq staple!
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Get here the Ideas for Watermelon on a Stick
Berry Trifle With Homemade Whipped Cream
This pretty dessert is a little time consuming, but it’s a delicious way to get your kids to eat their fruit.
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Get the recipe here for Berry Trifle with Homemade Whipped Cream
Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad
This cheesecake dessert can be made with tons of different fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, peaches , and pineapple would all be delicious!
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Get the recipe here for Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake Salad
Fresh Fruit And Watermelon Cake
This cake is a showstopper! Your kids will be so impressed with this they will be begging to take a bite!
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Get the recipe for Fresh Fruit and Watermelon Cake
Red, White And Blue Fudge
A small piece of this fudge goes a long way. This is definitely an end of summer treat!
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Get the recipe here for Red,White & Blue Fudge