Fourth of July is a great holiday for a number of reasons: celebrating your patriotism, hanging out by the pool, and the barbecues to indulge in. But it's also a great excuse to get artistic with your nail art, and who doesn't love that? If you need some inspiration beyond the normal red, white, and blue, peruse our gallery to see some gorgeous designs straight from Twitter.
It's time to download all the apps you need for a fun Fourth of July bash. Whether you want to create your own fireworks show, find the nearest beach, or dive into some new recipes for a backyard BBQ, we've rounded up the best apps to help you celebrate. Hoping to snap some awesome fireworks photos? Worried about your grill skills? Check out these seven apps to guarantee a festive, stress-free celebration.
Happy Fourth of July! Were kicking off the festivities with a look at all the stars who love sporting their red, white, and blue. Hollywood has created many patriotic moments, including photo shoots, shows, and this year's star-studded presidential inauguration. Plenty of celebrities have demonstrated their support for our country through the years, so let's take a look at the many patriotic stars!
Celebrate the Fourth and your health by giving the trifle a healthy — and festive! — spin. Our red, white, and blue layered dessert abandons all the caloric ingredients you're used to, trading them in for lighter choices. Your taste buds will never know, and your heart will be rewarded with antioxidant-rich superfoods.
There's nothing better than a day full of BBQ, fireworks, and gorgeous weather on the Fourth of July — keep your fingers crossed San Francisco and Seattle. Whether you'll be spending the day with your beau or a big group of friends, here are some ways to enjoy the nation's birthday and bring in the Summer love!
In a Relationship
The Fourth is all about nostalgia; I remember popsicles, miniature flags, and fireworks. Go out with your sweetheart and do the things you both loved when you were little. Check out an amusement park or county fair. They're sure to have some pretty spectacular fireworks. Later that night, take a ride to see an old-school drive-in movie — an all-American date! Here are some more Fourth of July date ideas.
Single and Looking
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Plan a camping trip with a few friends where you can take long hikes and cozy up by a campfire. If indoor plumbing is more your style, lounge in a park or make a bonfire on the beach with the perfect combination of friends, drinks, and food. There will definitely be other crews around with the same idea. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself to people who are close by. Loosen up! It's summertime. And as always, the more the merrier.
Hanging With the Girls
Check out a farmers market in the morning and invite your friends over for a BBQ bash. Don't be fooled: girls can BBQ with the best of them. Have all the ladies bring their favorite dish, make some refreshing, signature Summer cocktails, and be prepared to laugh your face off. There's nothing better than making a mess in the kitchen with your favorite ladies.
Married and Need a Date Night
Do some research and check out an outdoor concert you and your hubby will enjoy. Pick up some tickets for your favorite band, or maybe you're lucky enough to have a city that offers a free concert series in the park. Either way, be sure to grab some brew, vibe to good tunes, and simply enjoy each other's company before you go back to the hustle and bustle of the work week.
Having Out-of-Town Friends Over
If you're having friends come to town, chances are they're looking to check out the best of what your city has to offer. Instead of schlepping around to see the sites like a tourist, seek out a cruise! Whether it's a quick trip on the lake or a booze cruise down the river, your friends won't forget fireworks with a view.
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Whether you're preparing a Fourth of July meal for the whole crew or just for yourself, it's fun to get in the patriotic spirit and show your appreciation with some red, white, and blue edibles. Click through for healthful dish ideas that can be made for every meal of the day.
Hollywood is like a Miss America pageant: people flock from every state to get a piece of the action. In honor of the Fourth of July, we're celebrating the 50 nifty states, and the celebrities that call them home. Turns out not all stars were born and raised in Los Angeles; Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp are all from Kentucky, while Emma Stone calls Arizona home. Pennsylvania has bred quite a few leading men and Louisiana raised both a romantic-comedy sweetheart and one of TV's most bloodthirsty vampires. Click through to find out who is from where!
If a total red, white, and blue look feels a little much come the Fourth of July, then fear not. You can still let your patriotic flag fly by way of spot-on accessories. We rounded up the best sunglasses, shoes, bags, and jewelry for American revelers (and threw in some chic cover-ups and dresses in case you prefer going all out). Find your favorites, fire up the grill, and get ready to sing a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" to our country, 'tis of thee.
Despite the growing number of chain restaurants across America, regional cuisine remains as vast as our continent is wide. Some may travel far distances just for a taste of authentic, iconic state dishes, but to know the history behind their creation is another story. For instance, do you know who invented the first Philly cheesesteak? How about the California Cobb salad? We've gathered 50 dishes from 50 states to prime you about the dishes you love. Be forewarned: this slideshow will make you hungry.
Jump ahead to:
- Alabama through Hawaii
- Idaho through Montana
- Nebraska through Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island through Wyoming
— Additional reporting by Susannah Chen, Nancy Einhart, Lauren Hendrickson, Nicole Perry, and Sara Yoo