Celebrate Labor Day With This Fun Menu

Stuffed Jalapeno Firecrackers
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The history of Labor Day began to with the celebration of a day off from work for employees. Through the years, it has also become a day that celebrates family and the end of summer. Staying cool with a grill-friendly menu keeps families and friends together without heating up the house (or laboring in the kitchen.) Enjoy a full Labor Day menu with everything from patriotic burgers to all-American apple pie for your three-day weekend!

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7-Layer Salad

7-Layer Salad in a glass bowl

Set a lovely Labor Day table with a prep-ahead layered salad. Make up this salad the night before to serve while waiting for burgers and hot dogs to cook. A long-time potluck favorite, prepping the day before means less labor on the holiday for you!

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Stuffed Jalapeño Firecrackers

Stuffed Jalapeno Firecrackers

You only need four simple ingredients to make these wow-worthy appetizers. Enjoy the contrast of creamy cheese with spicy jalapeño, cajun seasoning, and smoky bacon.

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Red, White and Blue Burgers

Red, White and Blue Burgers
Chef Mo

These holiday-worthy Red, White and Blue Burgers are super juicy with big flavor boosters like onions, ranch mix, and blue cheese. She suggests freezing single burgers in sandwich bags for easy prep. Make these festive burgers ahead and drop them on the grill!

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Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken

Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken
Chef John

While Labor Day traditionally features hamburgers and hot dogs, Chef John's recipe for Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken brings sweetness and smokiness to your party.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

three ears of yellow and white kernel corn with the husks pulled back

Corn season is ending, so indulge in a few extra ears this Labor Day. The grill creates an extra juicy texture while adding a hint of smoky flavor.

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Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled Potato Salad

Finding a great mayo-free potato salad for picnics and parties is important. This Grilled Potato Salad features grilled red potatoes with tangy red wine vinegar, smoky bacon, sweet sugar and bright green onions.

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Tea Punch

Tea Punch in a glass dispenser

Cool down as summer winds down with a fun Labor Day beverage. This Tea Punch brings in the sweetness and tang of citrus which is balanced out by ginger ale and black tea. Prepare this Southern favorite the night before and keep in the fridge, stirring in the ginger ale right before serving.

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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

a lattice-topped apple pie with a slice cut out of it on a red, orange, and yellow tablecloth
Holiday Baker

End your Labor Day with a sweet All-American treat. MOSHAMAMA says her grandma's recipe "will always be my favorite and has won me several first place prizes in local competitions."

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Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

Red, White, And Blue Strawberry Shortcake
Mar Smith

This simple dessert recipe only has four ingredients for easy prep, but looks patriotic and yummy as your table centerpiece. The recipe has a yellow cake base and is decorated with a memorable "flag" of berries and whipped topping.

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