38 Nail Designs For the 4th of July, Beyond Your Basic Stars and Stripes

4th of July nail polish

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If you're like us, you'll take any excuse you can get to get a little festive with your nails. While Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day are often thought of first when it comes to holiday manicures, the summer-lovers that we are can't resist an Independence Day mani. If you feel the same, it's time you peruse our favorite nail designs for the 4th of July. Whether you fancy French tips, abstract ideas, or loads of dots, you'll find an option worth copying, below.

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Gold Star Appliques

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Petite Popsicles

What's more American than accent nails dotted with teeny red, white, and blue popsicles?

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Baby Blue Stars

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Red and Blue French

Double up your French design with red and baby blue for a minimalist mani that pairs especially well with white outfits.

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Floral Fireworks

We love how this floral manicure gives off firework vibes at the same time.

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Slanted French

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Coral Cuties

More of a coral gal? Consider this boho take on red, white, and blue nails.

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Bronze With Stars

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Patriotic Love

A periwinkle-blue base is the perfect backdrop for teeny pink, red, and navy hearts.

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Red, White, and Blue Tie-Dye

How pretty are these patriotic water-marble nails? Learn how to create your own with our water-marble tutorial.

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Negative Space Stars

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Minimalist Moment

Rocking patriotic nails doesn't have to be over the top. These negative space cuties prove that.

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Abstract Patriotism

If stars and stripes aren't quite your thing but you still want to wear a festive nail look, consider this coral and teal alternative.

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Dots a Plenty

Looking for a bolder nail look? This dotted, negative-space manicure will do the trick.

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Stripes and Space

You can rock a patriotic manicure without dousing your nails in white. Simply opt for a negative-space design like this striped option.

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Pretty Patterns

A patriotic manicure doesn't have to be confined to stars and stripes. Here, nail artist Amy Tran uses an intricate, tile-like design to get the colors across.

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Red, White, and Blue Stars

Don't want to fully paint your nails? A negative-space star design will be right up your alley.

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No Red, No Blue

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Turquoise Swap

You can flaunt a patriotic nail look without royal blue. Take a peek at this turquoise swap if you don't believe us.

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Peach Stars

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Nave and Red

Navy tips lined by negative space and thin red lines makes for a modern French design we can't take our eyes off of.

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Red Outlines

Sometimes putting forth a patriotic beauty statement is as simple as a swipe of red polish on each nail paired casually with your favorite vintage blue jeans and a plain-white tee.

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Red Lines

Speaking of simple red manis, this lightly-lined version will show off your tips.

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Blue Details

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can stick to blue on your nails and pair it with a bold red lip for a fully patriotic look.

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Pastel Blue with Red Accents

Prefer pastel to royal blue? This geometric manicure will fit your fancy.

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Red and White Swoosh

If you prefer a festive nail look that's just as stylish after the celebrations are over, look no further than this simple squiggle mani.

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Blue and Gold

This negative space nail look makes us think of Wonder Woman and the Armed Forces—what's more patriotic than that? Pair it with a red dress or jumpsuit for a festive OOTD.

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Geometric Layers

Who knew two colorful triangles layered over top of each other could make for such a head-turning red, white, and blue nail look.

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Baby Blue and Red

We love this high-contrast red-and-blue nail look. To recreate it yourself, use striping tape and the polishes of your choice.

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Red and White Gingham

Give a nod to retro Americana with this red-and-white gingham mani. Pair it with denim or a little blue dress for a fully festive ensemble.

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Red, Taupe, and Blue

Not one for white? Swap it out for taupe polish and you'll be able to create your own take on a patriotic nail look.

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Delicate Dots

This neutral mani gives us major beachy vibes, complete with tiny red, white, and blue dots.

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Stars Galore

Start with a nude base and accessorize it with red, white, and blue stars. It's admittedly easier said than done, so you might want to use a stencil.

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Decorated Cuticles

Instead of getting fancy on your tips, consider tracing lines and stars along your cuticles. Or, more realistically, ask your manicurist to do so.

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Pool Floats

One look at these pool-float nails and we're dreaming of summer and the Fourth of July.

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Artistic Layers

Can't quite decide how you want to wear red, white, and blue polish? This abstract design offers an artistic option.

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Two-Toned Blue

A double French mani done up in blue? Paired with a bold red lip, this manicure is a stylish addition to any Independence Day beauty look.

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Blue French

A red and blue French manicure is the perfect choice for the festive minimalist.

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