The first day of summer is just about here and that means one thing: Independence Day is around the corner! Time for grilling, grilling, and—you guessed it—more grilling. You’re probably pretty excited to cook up your favorite BBQ recipes, or at least serve up some hot dogs and cheeseburgers to a crowd. Never-ending fun, right? Yes and no, because it can be exhausting as head chef! Planning and executing a whole 4th of July menu for both lunch and dinner is quite the endeavor, and sometimes you just want a break. And, you know what? You too need time to sit back and relax. If you want (or need) to take a bit of the pressure off, head over to one of the many restaurants open on the 4th of July. Plus, many of them offer classic grill dishes if you still want to get in the barbecue spirit! Anyway, with so many things to do on the 4th of July, who wants to spend their time grocery shopping?
Of course, if you’re a grill aficionado, you’re probably not going to want to order your entire meal. That being said, there’s still a chance you’ll need to know what fast food restaurants and stores are open on the 4th of July. Maybe you’ll want to start your day with an iced latte from Starbucks or finish it off with a milkshake from Sonic (if you haven’t already filled up on 4th of July desserts).
Either way, the restaurants open on Independence Day this year are offering delicious dine-in meals, on-the-go bites, and everything in-between for any type of celebration.
If you’re looking to “grill out” this July 4, head over to Bahama Breeze for some killer cocktails and food with an island flare. Go for classic dishes like wings, artichoke dip, firecracker shrimp, and cajun spiced chicken.
Love seafood? Last year Bonefish Grill offered a special lobster and shrimp roll on July 4th that’s tossed with Bang Bang sauce and served in a baguette. They have yet to announce if the same deal will apply this year.
Bertucci’s is open. Previously, they have sold take-home meals that feed two or four, perfect for a 4th of July dinner with your partner or immediate family.
Bravo! Italian Kitchen
Enjoy a delicious brunch this Independence Day at Bravo! or take home a cheese-laden Italian feast with their daily meal deals.
Brio Italian Grille
Brio is will offer their usual Italian-inspired menu on Independence Day.
Buca di Beppo
Stop by Buca di Beppo this July 4th for a family-style Italian dinner everyone will enjoy. You can also opt for their take-home family meals that feed up to five people.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Good news for chicken wing fans—Buffalo Wild Wings will be open! Order a plate of their delicious crispy wings, have a brew poured, and relax.
Maybe you’d rather order a Whopper than grill patties yourself! If that’s true, then by all means head over to your closest Burger King.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Enjoy your favorite Italian dishes this year at Carrabba’s. The restaurant also offers military service members and first responders a 10% discount—on the 4th and all year long!
The Cheesecake Factory
Skip making desserts this Independence Day and buy a few slices of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory instead.
Stop by your local Chili’s on the 4th of July to try their margarita of the month (TBD!) and all the baby back ribs you can eat.
Start your holiday with a Grand Slam breakfast or a tower of pancakes from Denny’s, as the famous diner chain will definitely be open.
Why not enjoy a few slices from Domino’s after your 4th of July cookout? You can order for pickup or delivery from the pizza restaurant.
You’re sure to need a caffeinated pick-me-up before your festivities kick off. Head over to Dunkin’ for coffee and doughnuts on July 4th.
Independence Day is all about what makes this country thrive, including our first responders. Head to the sandwich chain Firehouse Subs, which contributes a portion of its yearly proceeds to lifesaving equipment for brave responders.
Fogo de Chão
The Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão will meet all of your 4th of July grilling needs. You can either dine in at the restaurant or purchase one of their ready-to-eat or ready-to-grill packages that serve up to six people.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
You eat all the pasta you desire at Maggiano’s, or opt for a classic steak! If you’re dining in pairs, save money and go for their meals for two.
What sounds better than a Big Mac and fries on the 4th of July? Or how about a McFlurry after your barbecue? Either way, stop by McDonald’s to satisfy your cravings!
Go for some classic comfort food with Metro Diner! Last year, they introduced a delicious sandwich lineup for the 4th of July, including an Angus burger, spicy honey chicken sandwich, and fried fish sandwich. Note that locations were only be open until 3 p.m.!
Celebrate the holiday with a lobster tail and endless shrimp this year at your closest Red Lobster. And plenty of cheddar bay biscuits, of course!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Treat yourself to a juicy steak this Independence Day at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The restaurant offers pickup and delivery in addition to dining inside.
There’s no better fast food spot than Sonic on the 4th of July. They have hot dogs, burgers, fries, and all the milkshakes you can dream of.
Start your holiday off with your favorite Starbucks order, because the coffee chain’s doors will be open!
Maybe you’re feeling tacos over barbecue this year, in which case you should definitely head to Taco Bell.
Ted’s Montana Grill
You can certainly enjoy a delicious grilled bison burger at Ted’s Montana Grill this 4th of July. Or, if you’d prefer to celebrate at home, order from their online store Ted’s Butcher Shoppe to receive premium steak cuts or ground beef to do your own grilling.
Let Wendy’s do the leg work this year by enjoying one of their many burgers. Or just grab a Frosty to finish off your barbecue feast.