The Fourth of July, America’s biggest day for cookouts and picnics, is just around the corner. If you’re one of the millions of Americans planning to host or attend a gathering to celebrate our nation’s independence, you’re probably looking for some festive foods to enjoy on the Fourth.

This year, I decided to put together some easy desserts, and used a popular picnic dessert ingredient to create a festive appetizer.

Blueberry shortcake

Blueberries push strawberries out of the dessert spotlight with this shortcake.

Blueberry shortcake

Ice cream sandwiches

Red White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches are made with blueberries, raspberries and pizzelle cookies.

Watermelon stacks

For a summery appetizer, stack watermelon and feta cubes with blueberries and dress with olive oil.