Uncle Sam has a lot of celebrity fans! Jennifer Hudson (in Roberto Cavalli) celebrated the Fourth of July with an outdoor performance at the Boston Hatch Shell, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck brought their patriotically-outfitted daughter Seraphina to a bash in Los Angeles, and Katharine McPhee (in a jumpsuit by The Hellers and a Theonne blazer) performed the national anthem at Bryant Park in New York City. “It’s one of my favorite holidays,” McPhee told InStyle.com. “I’ve just always kind of been patriotic.” And she’s not the only one—see who else cheered the red, white, and blue in the gallery.
We all scream for ice cream on the Fourth of July! Give your go-to a break and try one of these under-the-radar ice cream brands, suggested by the celebrities who call them their favorites. Click through to see Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite ice cold treats, and find out where you can shop these ultimate summer desserts yourself.
Are you hitting the beach this Fourth of July? Take a cue from Cameron Diaz and slip into a teeny bikini. “I love surfing in Pualani Hawai’i bikinis,” Diaz told InStyle. “They’re tiny, so you get a really good tan, but they stay on.” As for footwear? “Always Havaianas. Preferably in white.” Pick up Pualani Hawai’i's $69 triangle top and $69 bikini bottom at pualanihawaii.com, and shop Diaz’s flip-flops for $18 at havaianas.com.
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Italian chef and Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis gave us five easy recipes from her cookbooks that are perfect for serving on a steamy summer day—like today, July Fourth! Delicious cold or room temperature, these are fuss-free sandwiches and salads that are sure to please a crowd. Click through to find the perfect one for your next summer affair.
For your next summer party—perhaps this Fourth of July—try one of these excellent star-chef recipes for appetizers. They’re easy to eat and can prepared in advance, so you can can actually enjoy the party with your guests instead of spending it in the kitchen! Whether you’re going for a five-course meal or a cocktail-only affair, let Wolfgang Puck, Jose Garces, and more add some flavor to your menu and start the night off on just the right note.
Heading to a Fourth of July party? Don’t show up empty-handed! Switch up the bottle of wine standard for a luxurious beauty gift. We put together the best gift ideas to show the hostess your appreciation. From relaxing spa sets to a five-piece makeup kit, these gifts keep on giving, and are an unexpected way to say “Thanks for the invite!” Click through to see all of our picks now.
Heading to a picnic, barbeque, beach, or some awesome patriotic-themed event this July Fourth? Show your spirit! We’ve come up with three cute outfit ideas inspired by celebrities who recently wore the good ol’ red, white, and blue. Click through the gallery to check out the USA-themed outfits that will set off fashion fireworks.
— Violet Gaynor
Gearing up for Independence Day? Consider showing your spirit with a patriotic manicure. We picked out some fun Fourth of July-inspired manis to get your creative juices flowing. So, pull out your red, white, and blue lacquers, and click “See the Photos” to check out our July 4th manicure ideas now.