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Happy July 4th!

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I am so happy to wish all of you a wonderful 4th of July!

I hope you are spending time with friends and family, marking another summer that is well underway.

I decided to celebrate Independence Day by sharing some of my favorite Martha Stewart Living July covers.  These images illustrate the patriotism and creativity that is so emblematic of Independence Day.

Enjoy and a Happy July 4th to all!

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July 1992.

1 July 1992.

July 1993.

2 July 1993.

July 2000.

3 July 2000.

July 2002.

4 July 2002.

July 2003.

5 July 2003.

July 2006.

6 July 2006.

July 2007.

7 July 2007.

July 2009.

8 July 2009.

July 2010.

9 July 2010.

July 2011.

10 July 2011.

Our 4th of July crafts and recipes are definitely worth a try. Have a look at some of my favorites...

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Dress up your ride using our festive clip-art medallions, spoke covers, pennants, and labels. 
(http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_2)

1 Dress up your ride using our festive clip-art medallions, spoke covers, pennants, and labels. (http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_2)

Three different types of berries – blue, yellow, and red – make such a great design for a tart.  
<http://www.marthastewart.com/313771/flag-berry-tarts>

2 Three different types of berries – blue, yellow, and red – make such a great design for a tart.

Just right for the Fourth of July -- this bright red, rugged bandanna-print table runner.
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_29>

3 Just right for the Fourth of July -- this bright red, rugged bandanna-print table runner.

Like most sparklers, these are extinguished after a short while -- with several large bites. They are really so easy to make, and are a festive dessert or snack item. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/265330/pretzel-sparklers>

4 Like most sparklers, these are extinguished after a short while -- with several large bites. They are really so easy to make, and are a festive dessert or snack item.

These festive umbrellas would provide flare to all beverages and cocktails. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/fourth-of-july-clip-art#slide_9>

5 These festive umbrellas would provide flare to all beverages and cocktails.

Toothpick flags give Fourth of July cupcakes a flavor of Americana. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/fourth-of-july-clip-art#slide_15>

6 Toothpick flags give Fourth of July cupcakes a flavor of Americana.

What could be more patriotic than stars and stripes pies!
<http://www.marthastewart.com/284359/fourth-of-july-summer-berry-pies>

7 What could be more patriotic than stars and stripes pies!

Keep silverware and napkins in one place for picnics and other meals on the go. Oilcloth is the ideal material for this pocket project; it won't fray, plus it can be wiped clean easily.

<http://www.marthastewart.com/272991/pocket-knives-and-more>

8 Keep silverware and napkins in one place for picnics and other meals on the go. Oilcloth is the ideal material for this pocket project; it won't fray, plus it can be wiped clean easily.

Red, white, and blue bands of sand dress up votive candles to make flickering lights that are cheerful and fun. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_23>

9 Red, white, and blue bands of sand dress up votive candles to make flickering lights that are cheerful and fun.

A spirited holiday celebration calls for a fun take-home treat, like this goody bag of candies arranged to resemble the American flag. <http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_4>

10 A spirited holiday celebration calls for a fun take-home treat, like this goody bag of candies arranged to resemble the American flag.

A garland of star-spangled paper lanterns is festive and fun for kids to make. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_12>

11 A garland of star-spangled paper lanterns is festive and fun for kids to make.

Fashion a set of red, white, and blue napkin rings in no time. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_5>

12 Fashion a set of red, white, and blue napkin rings in no time.

This mix of beet and blue potato chips looks patriotic in Martha’s easy-to-make containers. 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/fourth-of-july-clip-art#slide_9>

13 This mix of beet and blue potato chips looks patriotic in Martha’s easy-to-make containers.

These rockets make playful favor packages for an Independence Day bash or a child’s summer birthday. No rocket-science required to make these! 
<http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts#slide_1>

14 These rockets make playful favor packages for an Independence Day bash or a child’s summer birthday. No rocket-science required to make these!

To start the celebration, here's a fireworks display -- as only Martha Stewart Living could do...

Lastly, don't forget to display the flag!

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Comments (3)

  • Happy 4th Kev! Love the Martha fireworks and all the wonderful Living covers. Can't wait to hear what you have decided for your ceiling.

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