12 Fourth of July Must-Haves

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

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Bright Idea


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

Flag paper lanterns, $12.50/3, pier1.com

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Block Out


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

Grecian Block pillows, $34/each, westelm.com

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Capture the Flag


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

Flag napkins, $25/4, runner, $49, potterybarn.com

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Blue's Crew


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

Sonoma Outdoors Blue Fish plate, $6, highball glass, $6, kohls.com

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Lounge Act


Classic American good looks in super bright colors.

Adirondack chairs, $100/each, worldmarket.com

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Table Tools


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

Essential Home Parade 13-piece multicolor flatware and caddy, $13, kmart.com

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Treats to Go


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

Picnic basket, $10, target.com

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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.

Mustard squeeze bottle, Ketchup squeeze bottle, $2/each, crateandbarrel.com

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Hanging Out


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

Garden Treasures hammock with stand, $168, lowes.com

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Holiday In


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

Americana bowl, $3, 24-oz. tumbler, $3.25, zak.com for info

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Fill 'Er Up


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

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Beverage dispenser, $40, bedbathandbeyond.com