Don't let the fireworks outshine the true star of Fourth of July: Dessert!
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Independence Day means freedom to eat dessert first. Or just dessert all day, right? If you're barbecue hopping, hosting, or just picnicking under the stars, these homemade Fourth of July desserts will keep you sated on a hot summer day.

And while red, white, and blue is always a nice theme to stick to, the colors of the American flag are certainly not necessary to create the perfect celebratory treat. The day is about independence, right? So liberate yourself from the annual tricolor fruit kabobs and try one of these recipes perfect for early July.

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