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Celebrate Fourth of July, Vegan-Style

Party like it’s 1776 and celebrate America’s independence with vegan funnel cake and picnics.

When the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they probably never imagined that someday Americans would celebrate their freedom by drinking Budweiser while grilling veggie burgers in their backyards—but hey, we’re not complaining. As with every holiday penciled into our planners, the Fourth of July offers the perfect chance to throw a fabulous, patriotic fête complete with vegan spare ribs, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches, and fantastic firework displays. You can be super sneaky and not mention that any of your cookout cuisine is cruelty-free, or do the darn thing right and share your recipes for everything from plant-based potato salad to vegan apple pie. Before you tear into boxes of fireworks—purchased legally, of course—remember that if you live with companion animals, it is essential to keep them away from loud, dangerous fireworks. Not feeling the family-gathering love? Trek to your nearest animal sanctuary and gather together with furry friends in need of love and attention. However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a very happy, healthy holiday—Happy Anniversary, America!

Fourth Feast
Reveling in our nation’s revolutionary past is easy with the right barbecue menu. First, brush up on your summertime grilling skills. Second, prepare to cook yourself into a warm-weather frenzy. VN’s Assistant to the Publisher Frankie McGee is a vegan cooking legend at the VNHQ, and her homemade take on tender, savory Vegan Spare Ribs is only made better when slathered with a heaping helping of her signature tangy, flavorful Barbecue Sauce. So, lets just say it’s pretty essential to save space in the oven for these savory standards. If you’re not one for barbecue sauce-covered everything, whip up a batch of Spicy Black Bean Burgers or Homemade Vegan Sausages to throw on the grill, or fry up a pan of crispy Country Fried Seitan topped with cool, refreshing Vegan Ranch Dressing. Get a healthy dose of greens by throwing Roasted Brussels Sprouts alongside your burgers and veggie dogs. Round out the Americana feast with tried-and-true traditional side dishes such as BBQ Baked Beans, Rustic Macaroni Salad, and Tantalizing Twice-Baked Potatoes.

Yankee Doodle Dessert
An elemental part of planning the perfect Independence Day soirée is preparing decadent, seasonal desserts. Dairy-free takes on American classics such as Flaky Apple Pie, Luscious Lime Cheesecake, and Crispy Funnel Cakes will leave your guests awestruck, while kid-friendly fare such as Vegan Fudgsicles and Frosty Summer Popsicles will offer temporary relief from scorching temperatures. Finally, for snack-size treats to tide guests over well after dinner has ended, keep a fresh batch of Fluffy Brownies on hand to top with scoops of rich, Silky Strawberry Ice Cream. Or, simply create a lavish ice cream bar brimming with the very best cruelty-free toppings. For foolproof how-to help making homemade holiday treats, check out Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s recipes for Seasonal Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Whipped Crème and Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Click here to watch Chef Chloe prepare her Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches and Seasonal Berry Cobbler.

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