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PHOTOS: Taylor Swift Rocks Red-and-White Bikini (& Face Paint!) for July 4th | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Rocks Red-and-White Bikini for July 4th Bash

Originally posted 07/06/2013 12:10PM

The Fourth of July was all about the Red, white and blue for Taylor Swift, who spent the day showing off her patriotic pride – and bikini bod – with her tour mates.

On a brief break from the Red Tour, which resumes Saturday in Pittsburgh, the singer, 23, documented her beachside bash (presumably at her Rhode Island digs) on her blog.

"Happy belated 4th of July. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This time around, my touring family joined me at the beach and I wanted to show you some of the pictures because you're the reason we all get to be on tour together," she wrote.

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See Which Star Slip 'N Slid and Who Did a Human Pyramid for the Fourth | Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez

Patriotic Partying! See How Stars Rang in the 4th in Style

Originally posted 07/05/2013 02:30PM

It was a red-hot Fourth of July around the country, but celebs on both coasts played it cool as they hung with friends, attempted a human pyramid, and hit the beach – or Slip-N-Slide! – in search of some Independence Day fun.

Kendall Jenner, 17, gave a tiny nod to her country in this itty bitty American flag-inspired bikini when she hit the beach with sister Kylie, 15, and Jaden Smith, 14, – a.k.a Kylie's rumored beau.

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Independence Day Playlist Features Country's Best | Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith

Independence Day Playlist Features Country's Best

Originally posted 07/04/2013 10:00AM

Happy Birthday America!

No 4th of July is complete without a BBQ, friends, family and good music! While you're standing over the grill this Independence Day, let us take care of the playlist!

From Brooks and Dunn's Only in America to almost anything in Toby Keith's music catalog – Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, Made in America – country music really knows how to tip their hats to Old Glory. Jam out to Martina McBride's Independence Day and treat this July 4th like it's the most amazing American Saturday Night.

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Get the Fireworks Started Early with This All-American Cocktail

Get the Fireworks Started Early with This All-American Cocktail

Originally posted 06/28/2013 06:00AM

The stars of Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia whip up a jam – yes, jam! – cocktail to celebrate our nation's independence

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It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: Beat the Heatwave with a 'Sparkling' Cosmo

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It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: Beat the Heatwave with a 'Sparkling' Cosmo

Originally posted 07/06/2012 03:00PM

It isn't a party in the U.S.A. without a few fireworks – and a star-spangled cocktail.

And since July 4 fell midweek, the "party like it's 1776" must happen over the weekend. Try this patriotic take on the classic Cosmo while beating the heat!

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Tori Spelling Spends 4th of July in a Wheelchair

Tori Spelling Spends 4th of July in a Wheelchair

Originally posted 07/05/2012 02:55PM

Tori Spelling tried to make being stuck in a wheelchair festive for her July 4th.

The Home Sweet Hollywood star, 39, was photographed Wednesday wearing a large, thick bandage on her right foot to complement her patriotic bikini top and shorts.

With her youngest child, 9-month-old Hattie – also dressed festively for the occasion – on her lap, the expectant mom looks less than completely comfortable while "lounging" by the pool.

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Britney Spears Shares a Snapshot of Her Hawaiian Family Vacation | Britney Spears

Britney Spears Spends July 4th in Hawaii – on a Family Vacation

Originally posted 07/05/2012 09:40AM

She's been working hard and traveling the country in her latest role as X Factor judge – but on July 4th, Britney Spears enjoyed some much-needed R&R.

The singer decamped to Hawaii for a vacation with fiancé Jason Trawick and her boys, Preston, 6, and Jayden, 5.

"Happy 4th of July from the Aloha State," she Tweeted early Thursday morning, along with the sweet family photo.

Spears, 30, has also been documenting her travels with her fellow X Factor judges. She recently Tweeted a fun picture of her with L.A. Reid, writing, "We become a little more BFF every single day..."

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Celebrate America with a Boozy Watermelon Dessert

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Fourth of July: Celebrate with a Boozy Watermelon Dessert

Originally posted 07/04/2012 12:25PM

Sure, watermelon and cantaloupe are the perfect plate-companions to your favorite July 4th barbecue dishes.

Burgers aside, try pairing your melons with wine.

Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione, the husband-wife duo behind newlywed kitchen guide Just Married and Cooking, share a recipe for what they tell PEOPLE is "the ultimate picnic crowd-pleaser."

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Cheers! Shake Up This Grapefruit Cocktail for the Fourth

Cheers! Shake Up This Grapefruit Cocktail for the Fourth

Originally posted 07/03/2012 05:50PM

Oh, say can you … swill, a patriotic cocktail? Whether celebrating independence eve tonight or kicking off Wednesday's July Fourth festivities, try this spirited, refreshing drink.

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