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The Fourth of July is one of the most American of holidays, and outdoor celebrations are the traditional ways to spend the day. Here are some tips for looking your best at some favorite festive destinations. Look great no matter how you spend your Independence Day!

Anywhere there’s water is a good chance for a July 4th gathering. Pools, the ocean, lakes and rivers are all popular spots to have some sun and water fun. A new bathing suit just adds to the fun. Get double duty out of one blue bikini bottom with the ‘buy one get one $5’ sale from rue21’s online site. Pair with your well-worn high waisted denim shorts and a cute tee and you can go straight from poolside to the picnic table for hot dogs. Be sure to get a sunscreen spf that suits your skin’s needs, and apply it at least 30 minutes before exposing skin to sun. Don’t forget your cutest flip flops!

For outdoor dining, your outfit should match the specific type of gathering you’re attending. Sundresses are always a classic for an outdoor party. Pick your favorite pretty sundress, your biggest floppy hat, and your strappiest sandals and look extra glam. Now is the time to tryout those oversize sunglasses you’ve been eyeing! If pants are needed, capris or those lovely roll up pants you see from outdoors-y stores (like these water resistant beauties from Eddie Bauer, or this less expensive version from Lee jeans) should suit for a variety of events.

You’re sure to fire off some fireworks of your own in this dramatic pairing of a belly-baring (but oh so patriotic!) flounce bandeau top, also from rue21. Pair it with this high low skirt, and you have just the thing for looking great while gazing at the rocket’s red glare. Some bug spray might be in order, however. Your favorite well-worn denim jacket will keep you cozy when the sun goes down as you celebrate with the firework loving throngs. The Fourth of July is a time to get outside and have some fun, and you can definitely look great (and patriotic) while you do it!