23 Cool Nail Art Designs to Copy This Fourth of July

Not one of these manicures is tacky.

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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

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Cherry-Red Outlines

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Patriotic Moons

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Classic Stars-and-Stripes Nails

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Three-Finger Rainbow

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Independence Day Polka Dots

Mermaid Mani

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Clean, Bejeweled Nails 

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3-D Fruit Nails

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Bright Checkered Designs

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Watermelon Nails

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Heat-Wave Mani

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Candy-Striping Nails

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Firecracker Nails

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Wonder Woman Nails

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Festive Ribbon Tips

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White-Starred Nails

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Squiggle Designs

Crimson Foil Nails

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Fruity Cuticles

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Geometric Navy Nails

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Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

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.