In keeping with our celebratory spirit this week, we have several dessert ideas that will be a delicious finale for your July 4th meal on Friday. All of these recipes are easy to prepare and will get you out of the kitchen in short order and back to enjoying visits with friends and family. (To see each complete recipe, simply click on the link in each photo caption below.) Enjoy!

Patriotic Dessert for a Crowd

Here’s a no-cook, assemble-only dessert that uses cupcakes and mini cheesecakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes, along with seasonal fruit, to recreate the stars and stripes.

Patriotic Desserts for a Crowd

Red, white and blue cheesecakes and cupcakes end the July 4th meal on a sweet and patriotic note. Read more.

Easy Summer Coconut Poke Cake

Coconut cake is heavenly anytime, but this version is especially great for summer celebrations because you have to prepare it advance (allow two days) to let the flavor be at its best. Make this sweet treat by Wednesday this week, and you’ll be all set for the 4th.

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Coconut Poke Cake. Read more.

Grilled Peach and Raspberry Parfait

Peaches are at peak flavor this time of year, and this twist on a dessert parfait makes use of the grill that may already be fired up for your July 4th main course.

Grilled Peach Parfait

Grilled Peach Parfait. Read more.

Grilled Nectarine Crumble

On a similar note, here’s another grilled fruit recipe. We shared this crumble dessert last summer, and we keep going back to it time and again right now while nectarines are in season. Yum!

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Grilled Nectarine Crumble (photo credit Chow.com). Read more.

Bon appétit and happy birthday, America!