Putting the Red, White and Blue on a Plate

LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- Grab your sparklers and get ready to celebrate your independence -- restaurants across the country are getting a jump-start in celebrating the holiday weekend with red, white and blue cocktails and cuisine to match the festivities! TravelsinTaste shares them with you here.

In Las Vegas, Diablo's at the Monte Carlo is celebrating its Fourth Fest, five days of DJs and live music, for a rocking Fourth of July. Quench your thirst with $20 all-you-can-drink draft beer on the patio. Or unwind from the day and kick off the evening in impeccable style at Happy Hour at Brand, also in The Monte Carlo, with appetizers including Hot Rocks, Lollipop Wings and more. Meanwhile, Lily, in the Bellagio, presents The Fashionista Social Club. It's the perfect place for the ladies and gentleman of fashion, beauty and Vegas chic to get together and mingle over great cocktails and tunes.
Azure at the Palazzo in Las Vegas is to host a Fourth of July weekend that includes poolside barbecue.

At Azure in the Palazzo, the luxury pool will heat up the weekend with the hottest DJs. Guests will be able to relax, cool off and enjoy an al fresco dining experience at the poolside barbecue including seasonal fruit salad, macaroni salad, balsamic and honey-glazed St. Louis ribs, classic beef sliders, seared-chicken skewers, a sliced watermelon platter and more.

Cool down at creator and executive chef Rick Moonen's rm seafood in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, where award-winning lead bartender J.R. Starkus has created the Liberty & Justice cocktail -- a delicious combination of Jim Beam Red Stag, fresh watermelon, lemon juice and raspberry syrup topped with a fresh bing cherry. Or try the Blueberry Pie Bam-Boozled Shake at Holsteins Shakes and Buns, made with Stoli blueberry vodka, blueberry compote, brown butter crumble and freeze-dried blueberries.

In New York, Five Points & Hundred Acres is throwing a down and dirty low country picnic on the patio. Beverages include kegs of beer such as Narragansett Lager from Rhode Island, Carton B.D.G. Ale from New Jersey and seasonal cocktails such as spiked watermelon lemonade and bourbon iced tea. Chef R.L. King will be serving up his low country boil in addition to Wagyu beef burgers, hot dogs, coleslaw and more. Pastry chef Amanda Cook will be scooping up homemade ice cream alongside bacon chocolate chip cookies.