If you're still recovering from last night's Friday night, and not quite ready for a celebratory Fourth, consider this article a slow way to work yourself up to the holiday: Picnic inspiration.
The New York Times' Mark Bittman continues his series of minimalist meals with a plethora of quick picnic suggestions. A hundred and one recipes range from curried egg salad (I just put some eggs on for this one) to corn-flake fried chicken to cold peanut noodles. All are super simple.
But if all this sounds like too much trouble, as he says, even a bologna sandwich on white bread tastes good if you've put it together yourself, and are eating it outside.