The 4th of July is a holiday to celebrate America’s independence, liberty and freedom, but underneath all that patriotic stuff, we all know the real reason we’re celebrating: food. Screw Thanksgiving – the 4th of July is arguably one of the best food holidays out there. From hamburgers and hot dogs to cole slaw and BBQ to ice cream and cupcakes, Americans have found the most American ways possible to eat our way through the 4th of July. In light of that, we’ve rounded up the most patriotic meals to scarf down on the 4th of July in Boston. Happy 4th, everyone!

Pauli’s – Eating lobster is the quintessential New England 4th of July celebration. Eating 1.5 pounds of it is simply the American way. North End eatery Pauli’s has crafted up the USS Lobsitution– 24 oz. of knuckle and claw lobster meat, slathered with mayo and light lemon juice and served on a freshly grilled roll. This massive puppy costs $49.99, so grab a few friends and take it down.

Finch at the Boxer Hotel – The newly opened Finch has an array of holiday specials this weekend, but we’ve got our eye on the Red, White and Blue Burger. For just $15, this massive burger packs so much Independence Day spirit between two buns: 8 oz. Angus beef, sweetened white onions, buffalo sauce, gorgonzola blue cheese, southern summer slaw, barbecue sauce and French freedom fries. The burger will be available July 4th – 7th.

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro – Despite its French roots, the bistro is celebrating all things “4” for July 4th – their 4-course Independence Day menu is $44 per person and features grilled asparagus, lamb sausage, clam pasta and a mixed berry shortcake for dessert. Grab dinner and then head over to the Esplanade to catch the fireworks on the 4th.

Restaurant dante – On the 4th of July, dante is hosting an American Italian Beer Dinner with Dogfish Head Brewery. Enjoy an eclectic mixture of Italian favorites like scampi and marsla alongside American classics such as sausage and peppers – all to be washed down with beer. The four-course meal with pairings costs $115, and begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 4th.

Cakeology – At Cakeology in Downtown Crossing, owner Victoria Donnelly (of Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ fame) has whipped up firework and flag-themed cake pops, as well as a 4th of July cupcake flight. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Citizen Public House – Pop over to Fenway on the 4th for a picnic from the crew at Citizen. The menu is reminiscent of a traditional all-American Independence Day: red and blue slushies, Jell-O shots, and, of course, plenty of BBQ. Come dressed in your most festive gear. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Tip Tap Room – Chef Brian Poe wants to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with this spin on the traditional s’mores: French sea salted and peanut dusted white chocolate stuffed s’mores with white chocolate strawberry mint salsa. Drooling yet?

Four Seasons – If ice cream is your jam (it is), head over to the Four Seasons. On July 3rd, the hotel is opening an ice cream pop-up shop with mind-blowing flavors – Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Campfire S’mores, and Boston Cream Pie, for example – that you must get your hands on. Need it all? Buy the Kitchen Sink for $15, which comes with five scoops of your choosing. The stand will be available through September 8th, open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Popsicle Pop-Up Party – After you eat all that ice cream, head over to Boston Harborfest in City Hall Plaza, where Popsicle will be manning a pop-up popsicle stand throughout the day on July 3rd and 4th. There will be free Popsicles, of course, as well as family-friendly games and giveaways. The event runs from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.