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How to Make a Festive 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Create a simple 4th of July charcuterie board using red, white, and blue foods! It’s best to use a combination of sweet and savory snacks.

Charcuterie boards are the perfect way to feed a crowd. They offer a wide range of flavors and foods without a lot of cooking or preparation. Charcuterie boards may include cured meats, hard and soft cheeses, bread or crackers, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus sweet or savory dips. The possibilities are endless! This patriotic charcuterie board features red and blue fruit, salami, white cheeses, and white chocolate-covered pretzels. It’s a great blend of sweet and savory.

Round 4th of July charcuterie board with red, white, and blue foods.

Summer gatherings are the perfect time to serve a grazing board. They don’t require cooking in a hot kitchen and are perfect for casual snacking. Plus, charcuterie boards are simple to theme for specific gatherings, like the Fourth of July. Large boards are ideal for big gatherings. And small boards make for an excellent intimate snack. This board is ideal for a hot summer day in July or for Memorial Day.

Ingredients for This 4th of July Charcuterie Board

A beautiful red, white, and blue charcuterie board doesn’t need to be expensive or overly complicated. Grocery stores like Trader Joe’s or Aldi are great places to find inexpensive cheese, meats, and crackers for cheese boards.

  • Blackberries – These delicious dark blue berries are in season in the summer, which makes them perfect for a summer board.
  • Blueberries – A festive display of food on the Fourth requires a variety of blue items, so you must include fresh blueberries.
  • Raspberries – Add a little red to this festive snack with fresh raspberries, which are also in season in the summer.
  • Watermelon – The staple food for the hot summer months is watermelon. It is sweet, juicy, and refreshing. Cut the watermelon into little stars and serve in large pieces as well.
  • Cheddar Cheese – You can’t have a cheese board without cheese! White cheddar cheese is a crowd favorite and always a good idea.
  • Gruyere Cheese – Gruyere is a nutty, creamy cheese that pairs well with sweet fruits. It’s a great addition to this 4th of July appetizer.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Mozzarella is a soft cheese without a bold flavor. Use a food cutter and cut the mozzarella into a star shape. The little white stars are gorgeous on the board.
  • Salami – A traditional charcuterie board requires cured meats. Salami is the perfect addition because it pairs well with a variety of cheese.
  • Baguette Slices – Serve a little bread or some crackers for the white section of this Independence Day board.
  • White Chocolate-covered Pretzels – Satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate snack that fits with the patriotic colors. White pretzels are the perfect addition to fit the theme.
Round patriotic cheese board with red, white, and blue foods.

How to Make a 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Create a festive Fourth of July Charcuterie Board using red, white, and blue foods, along with your favorite meats and cheeses. I used a small round cheese board for this display, but if you are serving a crowd use a large cutting board. 

Step One – First, create an alternating color pattern with the foods around the board. The red, white, and blue pattern moves counter-clockwise around the circle. The first section features watermelon as the red food.

Step Two – Next is the white chocolate pretzels, followed by a section of blackberries.

Round 4th of July charcuterie board with red, white, and blue foods.

Step Three – The pattern repeats itself, starting with red raspberries, followed by the cheddar and Gruyere cheese. For this section, the cheeses are the white foods.

Step Four – After the cheese comes the blueberries. 

Step Five – Then I broke up the pattern a bit for the bread and salami. The bread holds the blueberries in place better than the salami, so practicality dictates that the bread is next.

Step Six – The last ingredient is the salami sandwiched between the bread and watermelon.

Step Seven – Finally, use a small star cookie cutter to cut pieces of watermelon and mozzarella cheese. Scatter the little red and white stars across the top of the board. They are the perfect touch for a patriotic celebration.

July 4th Charcuterie Board Supplies

One of the best things about charcuterie boards is they don’t require a lot of supplies. You can create a great grazing area using any flat surface. Most often a charcuterie board is a wooden cutting board or food-safe serving platter. The size of the board you need depends on the number of people you are feeding. For example, this 13″ round board is for a family of four. 

Round 4th of July charcuterie board with red, white, and blue foods.

Here are a few easy styling tips for a festive board:

  • The best charcuterie board is one that appears full. Stack fruits and snacks high and fill all the space. Use a slightly smaller board to ensure there are no open areas.
  • Include a combination of larger items, like watermelon and bread, and smaller items to add dimension and visual interest.
  • Add fun shapes, like the red and white stars, to make the theme apparent.
  • Serve the snack board with fun small plates and napkins that match the event theme.

The round board I used is 13″. I purchased the board at HomeGoods. It’s a great place to find affordable cheese boards! I’ve provided links to similar boards, as well as fun dishes, napkins, and plates. I also linked to the shape cutters I used to cut the stars.

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Alternative Food for a Patriotic Charcuterie Board

Create your own 4th of July Charcuterie Board using some of your favorite foods. Everyone’s tastes are different, but here are a few additional food ideas following the red, white, and blue theme. There is no wrong way to make a charcuterie board.

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Blue Corn Chips
  • Blue Heat Takis
  • Popcorn
  • Marshmallows
  • Crackers
  • Red, White, and Blue M&Ms
  • Patriotic Sprinkles
4th of july charcuterie board

This adorable 4th of July Charcuterie board is perfect for a Fourth of July party or Memorial Day celebration. It looks festive and tastes delicious. This board is sure to be the hit of the party!

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4th of July Charcuterie Board

Create a simple 4th of July charcuterie board using red, white, and blue foods! It's best to use a combination of sweet and savory snacks.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer

Equipment

  • 1 cheese board
  • star-shaped food cutter

Ingredients
  

  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • watermelon
  • cheddar cheese
  • Gruyere cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salami
  • baguette sliced
  • white chocolate-covered pretzels

Instructions
 

  • Work in a counter-clockwise direction, creating a red, white, and blue pattern
  • Start with a red section at the top of the board using watermelon
  • Then add a section of white chocolate pretzels
  • Then blackberries
  • Next, add raspberries
  • Then a section of cheese
  • Then add blueberries
  • Use the baguette slices to hold the blueberries in place. So break the pattern and add the bread next.
  • Finally, add the salami between the baguette and watermelon.
  • Finish off the board with watermelon and mozzarella stars scattered across the top
Keyword charcuterie, cheese board, snack board

For more board ideas, check out my Easter brunch board, Christmas snack board or Star Wars board.

7 Comments

  1. Wow your charcuterie board is so on point and I love how creative it looks! Everything looks so delicious! ❤️

  2. Mmm this charcuterie board looks like the perfect combo of snacks for me. I’m a huge fan of fruits and cheese and I get especially excited when I see a spread that doesn’t have anything I’m allergic to! What a perfect treat for the 4th!

  3. 5 stars
    The stars though! This is soooo cute! I don’t know why charcuterie boards intimidate me. If I do one I will dedicate it to you! 😂

  4. 5 stars
    This is so cute and festive– perfect for 4th of July celebrations! Snack boards are so perfect to bring to a party– everyone loves them!

  5. This is the cutest idea!! Love all the colors and and little star details. I’ll definitely be trying out for fourth of July!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  6. Charcuterie boards are my absolute favorite! This is such a cute one – I love the star cutouts!
    Lee

  7. I love charcuterie boards and I love how this one is especially patriotic and festive. So cute!

    Leah
    MissPettigrewReview.com

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