The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our independence as a nation, but it is also a time to reflect on many of the things we are still dependent on. For many, the Fourth of July is synonymous with eating lots of meat — in fact, the US eats 155 million hot dogs on the 4th of July alone, more than any other day of the year. Scientists from around the world have recognized that avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way individuals can reduce their environmental impact.  Reports from the United Nations show that globally agriculture contributes to 14% of total greenhouse gas emissions, 70% of freshwater consumption, and 38% of land use. The good news is that traditional Fourth of July staples can be made using plant-based alternatives, without sacrificing any flavor! Below is a list of some plant-based alternatives to traditional 4th of July meals! Happy feasting! 


Plant- Based Potato Salad

Source: Kelly Roenicke, The Pretty Bee 

Vegan Macaroni Salad 

Source: Sophia DeSanis, Veggies Don’t Bite 

Southwestern Pasta Salad 

Source: Vegan Heaven 

Classic Vegan Coleslaw

Source: Nora Taylor, Nora Cooks 

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Source: Chocolate Covered Katie 

Grilled Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce 

Source: Minimalist Baker 

Meat Alternatives

BBQ Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches

Source: Emilie Eats 

Jackfruit Chili with Fajita Veggies

Source: Amy Katz, Veggies Save the Day  

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Vegan Ranch Dip 

Source: Vegan Heaven 

Soyrizo Potato Tacos

Source: Amy Katz, Veggies Save the Day

Photo Source: Beyond Meat Facebook 

For a list of plant-based meat substitutes to grill up this year, check out this list of the Best Vegan Burgers that Money Can Buy and The 5 Best Veggie Dogs !

Snack Foods 

If you’re looking for plant-based snack options to serve, check out this list of Accidentally Vegan Snacks That You Can Find at a Convenience Store!


Chocolate-Drizzled Fruit Kabobs

Source: Hummusapien

10 Epic Vegan Cake Recipes

Source: Emilie Eats

10 Vegan Oreo Dessert Recipes You Wouldn’t Know Were Vegan

Source:  Claudia Karademas, Spoon University 

Vegan Fruit Tarts

Source: My Darling Vegan 

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars 

Source: VeganHuggs