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12 Fourth of July Must-Haves

A dozen red, white and blue summertime essentials for celebrating the country's birthday party.

By Lauren Rosenberg

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Flag paper lanterns
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Bright Idea

Lit with the included LED bulbs, paper lanterns illuminate from dusk to dawn's early light.

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Block Out

These graphic outdoor pillows look good enough to bring inside once summer's over.

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Capture the Flag

Make it a banner day with cotton napkins and table runner.

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Blue's Crew

Cobalt-hued dinnerware you can use on July 4th...and every other day.

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Lounge Act

Classic American good looks in super bright colors.

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Table Tools

Ditch the disposable plastic flatware. This dishwasher-safe stainless and acrylic set can be reused again and again.

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Treats to Go

Planning on catching the fireworks at a local park? Pack snacks in a lightweight fabric basket.

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Patio Polish

Just add your favorite flowers.

Graset galvanized steel plant pot, $20/each, Ikea stores

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Condiment Cache

Retro ketchup and mustard bottles bring a fun diner vibe to the barbecue.

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Hanging Out

Unwind on a padded stand-alone hammock—no trees necessary!

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Holiday In

Mix some stars and stripes accents in with your everyday dinnerware for festive flair.

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Fill 'Er Up

Holding 340 ounces of lemonade (or your favorite beverage), this dispenser will keep the whole crew refreshed.

Copyright © 2011 Meredith Corporation.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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