23 Cool Nail Art Designs to Copy This Fourth of July

Not one of these manicures is tacky.

Hands with nail art
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If the last time you had Fourth of July-themed nails was around the age when Limited Too was cool, then yeah, I feel you. But in the wide, vast world of today's nail designs, you don't have to stick with the same basic red, white, and blue pattern of your childhood to feel festive.

And to prove it to you, I've cherry-picked the 23 coolest (yes, the coolest) nail ideas and color schemes that read more like a subtle nod to the Fourth, rather than a pointed fireworks display. Screenshot your favorites, ahead, then please proceed to your nearest nail salon.

Bomb-Pop Nails

Cherry-Red Outlines

Patriotic Moons

Classic Stars-and-Stripes Nails

Three-Finger Rainbow

Independence Day Polka Dots

Mermaid Mani

Clean, Bejeweled Nails 

3-D Fruit Nails

Bright Checkered Designs

Watermelon Nails

Heat-Wave Mani

Candy-Striping Nails

Firecracker Nails

Wonder Woman Nails

Festive Ribbon Tips

White-Starred Nails

Squiggle Designs

Crimson Foil Nails

Fruity Cuticles

Geometric Navy Nails

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.