Follow this Fourth of July party guide for a spirited celebration


July 4th is right around corner, and here at GL we're ready to party. From patriotic treats to songs that make you proud to be from the U.S. of A., there are so many ways to celebrate in style. Are you hosting this year’s holiday hangout? Here’s everything that’ll make your Fourth of July party totally unforgettable.


The Outfit

When you’re dressing to impress on July 4th, it’s all about the flag-themed details. We’ve put together five looks that feature stars, stripes and stunning statement pieces.


The ‘Do

Summer days and nights are beautiful, but summer heat can make for some tricky hair situations. Keep your locks out of your face in a carefree way by wearing the top half in a “hun” (AKA a half-bun). If headbands are more you, we found six summer styles that'll help you cool down in a hot way.


The Snacks

You’ll definitely want to go with foods that are easy to make and even easier to eat. This sauce-less pizza is ready in less than 10 minutes, and it’s a healthy way to start your festive feast. Go from dinner to dessert with these four sweet recipes that turn ordinary treats into deliciously patriotic eats.


The DIY Décor

This patriotic outdoor garland is the perfect decoration to hang up outside in your backyard. It's super easy to make—and seriously cheap, to boot. Grab some tablecloths and stringlights, then follow Fun Home Things's tutorial to make your own.


The Props

Red, White & Blue Flower Lei

This patriotic-meets-paradise lei will add a nice island vibe to your party. The fabric flowers are super lightweight, so you and your guests won’t feel weighed down while wearing them.

American Flag Body Jewelry

Ever have a temporary tattoo try to stick around for longer than you wanted? This glittery American flag rocks because it’s a self-adhesive sticker. Have one or two on hand for each of your guests. Wear it on your cheek, forehead or arm for a cute look that you’ll have no trouble peeling off after the fireworks show.

Heart American Flag Mason Jar Tumbler

We love the fact that this comes with a lid, a straw *and* a touch of Americana. The handle makes it portable, and it also works as a party favor because your guests will be able to reuse theirs. Tip: Use them to serve up some refreshing vanilla bean lemonade or your favorite party drink.


The Playlist

Music can take any party to the next level. You’ve made America the star of the show, so why not round out your party planning with a list of jams that give off Independence Day vibes? Check out our top 10 song picks for this year’s playlist.

1. "Made In The U.S.A." by Demi Lovato
2. "Mrs. All American" by 5 Seconds of Summer
3. "Firework" by Katy Perry
4. "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood
5. "American Girl" by Bonnie McKee
6. "Party In The U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus
7. "We Are Young" by Fun.
8. "American Boy" by Estelle
9. "Sparks Fly" by Taylor Swift
10. "Fourth Of July" by Fall Out Boy

What are your Fourth of July plans? Let us know below.

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by Megan Sawey | 6/29/2016