Skip to Content

How to Craft a Festive 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Elevate your patriotic celebration with a festive and delicious 4th of July Charcuterie Board. Packed with patriotic colors and savory flavors, this crowd-pleasing appetizer will wow your guests and add a touch of flair to your Independence Day festivities.

There’s no better way to mark the Independence Day holidayvthan with a stunning 4th of July Charcuterie Board. 

Bursting with vibrant colors and a mouthwatering array of meats, cheeses, fruits, and crackers, this patriotic platter is sure to be the star of your 4th of July celebration.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, picnic in the park, or gathering with loved ones, a festive Fourth of July Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to kick off the festivities with style and flavor.

4th of July Charcuterie

What to put on a 4th of July charcuterie board?

Start by selecting a large wooden board or platter as the base for your masterpiece. Next, arrange an assortment of red, white, and blue ingredients to create a visually stunning display.

4th of July Charcuterie

Red Foods:

  •  Sliced strawberries
  •  Cherry tomatoes
  •  Red bell pepper strips
  •  Watermelon cubes
  •  Raspberry or strawberry jam
  •  Roasted red peppers
4th of July Charcuterie

White Foods:

  •  Assorted cheeses such as mozzarella, feta, brie, or white cheddar
  •  Sliced or cubed fresh mozzarella
  •  Goat cheese or cream cheese spreads
  •  White chocolate-covered pretzels
  •  Cauliflower florets

Blue Foods:

4th of July Charcuterie

Cured Meats:

  • Sliced prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Sliced ham or turkey
  • Chorizo or other spicy sausages
  • Smoked salmon or trout

Crackers and Bread:

  • Assorted crackers such as water crackers, wheat crackers, and multigrain crackers
  • Baguette slices or crostini
  • Breadsticks or pretzel rods
  • Pita chips or naan bread

Extras and Garnishes:

  • Olives (black or green)
  • Nuts such as almonds, pecans, or cashews
  • Fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary for garnish
  • Honey or honeycomb for drizzling
  • Mustard or honey mustard dip
  • Pickles or pickled vegetables

Sweet Treats:

By incorporating a variety of these ingredients onto your July 4th charcuterie board, you’ll create a visually stunning and delicious spread that celebrates the patriotic spirit of the holiday. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix and match flavors and textures to suit your taste preferences and impress your guests.

4th of July Charcuterie

What goes well with 4th of July charcuterie?

Several items pair wonderfully with a patriotic charcuterie board, enhancing its flavors and adding variety to your spread. Here are some delicious accompaniments:

  • Offer an assortment of fresh fruits and fruit dip for an refreshing contrast to the savory meats and cheeses on the board.
  • Assorted nuts complementing the soft cheeses and cured meats.
  • Offer a selection of dips and spreads such as hummus, spinach dip or guacamole for dipping crackers and bread.
  • Serve a selection of wines, beers, or refreshing beverages like lemonade, iced tea, or sparkling water
4th of July Charcuterie

Try These Recipes: 

4th of July Charcuterie

How do you decorate a 4th of July charcuterie board?

Decorating a 4th of July charcuterie board is all about sticking to the red white and blue theme with festive touches to celebrate the holiday. Here are some ideas to help you decorate your board:

  • Use a Red, White, and Blue Color Scheme – Arrange your ingredients in sections based on their color to create a visually appealing display. Group together red fruits and vegetables, white cheeses and dips, and blueberries or other blue foods.
  • Add Festive Accessories – Incorporate patriotic-themed decorations such as small American flags, star-shaped picks, or red, white, and blue napkins to add flair to your board.
  • Create a Flag Design – Arrange your ingredients to resemble the American flag by placing rows of red, white, and blue foods in a rectangular shape. Use star-shaped cookie cutters to cut cheese or fruit into stars and arrange them in the blue section.
  • Use Decorative Serving Ware – Serve your charcuterie board on patriotic-themed platters or trays to enhance the festive atmosphere. Look for dishes in red, white, and blue colors or with flag designs to tie into the theme.
  • Garnish with Fresh Herbs – Add a pop of color and freshness to your board by garnishing with fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or thyme. Arrange them around the edges or sprinkle them over the ingredients for a finishing touch.
  • Incorporate Seasonal Decor – Use seasonal decorations such as mini American flags, decorative stars, or festive banners to add a patriotic touch to your serving area

Is it OK to make a charcuterie board the day before?

Yes, it’s perfectly fine to prepare a charcuterie board the day before your event. In fact, making it ahead of time can be convenient and allow you to focus on other aspects of your gathering on the day of the event. Prepare as much of your charcuterie board in advance as possible to save time on the day of your celebration. Slice cheeses, wash fruits, and arrange non-perishable items ahead of time.

Once your charcuterie board is assembled, cover it loosely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. This will help maintain the freshness of the ingredients and prevent them from drying out.

Before serving, allow your festive display to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour to enhance the flavors and textures of the ingredients.

4th of July Charcuterie

Contains affiliate links.

4th of July Charcuterie

How to Make a 4th of July Charcuterie Board

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate Independence Day? Create a 4th of July Charcuterie Board! This guide offers tips on layout, ingredient ideas, patriotic additions, beverage pairings, and serving tips for the ultimate patriotic food display!  Impress your guests with a stunning display and delicious flavors that capture the spirit of the holiday.    


  • - 1 Small Watermelon
  • - 2 Cups Cherries
  • - 12-14 Strawberries
  • - 1 1⁄2 Cups Red Grapes
  • - 3 Ounces Salami
  • - 3 Ounces Pepperoni
  • 2 Cups Yogurt Pretzels
  • - 2 Cups White Crackers
  • - 6 Slices Swiss Cheese
  • - 6 Slices White cheddar cheese
  • - 2 Cups White nuts (I used slivered almonds)
  • - 2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • - 1 1⁄2 Cup Blueberries
  • - 1 1⁄2 Cups Blackberries
  • - 2 Cups Blue corn tortilla Chips


  1. Begin by cutting out your star shapes. Slice your watermelon into 1 inch slices, rind still on.
  2. Place them flat down onto a cutting board and cut out stars with your star
    cookie cutter. You can cut and store the rest in the fridge.
  3. Next, place your cheese slices on a dry cutting board and cut out your cheese star
    slices with your star cookie cutter. Begin making board.
  4. Start with your red ingredients at the top of your board. Start with your fruit one after
    the other and end with the salami and pepperoni. Begin the white with the crackers, almonds, and cheese to keep the savory together. Add in the pretzels and marshmallows.
  5. End your board with your blue ingredients. For decorations place a few star cheese slices throughout the board.


Why put parchment down on the board? 

- This can help with easy clean up afterward. Also,when placing berries on a board parchment can prevent staining from the berries. 

Can I make this charcuterie board ahead of time? 

- You can cut your watermelon and cheese slices with the star cutter a day or two before and store in the fridge. On the day of, you can make board, cover, and place in the fridge for up to 2 hours before serving. 

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Sharing is caring!

Skip to Recipe