Many nail art designs for the Fourth of July usually involve some boring combination of alternating red, white, and blue polish on our digits. While that might have been cute the first time we tried it as teenagers, many of us now would vastly prefer to have a holiday-themed manicure that is both unique and eye-catching.
If you're looking for a way to help you celebrate Independence Day, then you'll definitely be inspired by our list of the 15 most patriotic nail art designs. Whether you have short nails or acrylics, there is a design on the list that will appeal to everyone!
12 Show Off The Fact That You’re A Proud American With These Cute Glittery Nails
We love this manicure because it blends a cute design with lots of glitter for a cool look that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue at your house or attending your town’s local fireworks show, this manicure will definitely make heads turn, and other girls "ooh" and "ahh"!
The design itself is subtle enough to wear to work and has alternating bands of red, white, and blue on several fingers and a miniature American flag on another.
If you have a soft spot for glitter nail polish but don’t want to spend an hour sitting while a manicurist painstakingly paints giant American flags on all ten fingers, then this is the nail art design for you.
11 Add Some Bling To Help You Ring In The Fourth Of July
If you prefer more eye-catching nails that will earn you envious glances wherever you go on the fourth of July, then you’ll love this glamorous manicure.
This nail art is heavy on both the bling and the glitter. Several nails are decked out with silver rhinestones and stars in order to mimic the American flag while the other nails are adorned with red, white and blew stars that are reminiscent of exploding fireworks.
To complete the look, the words “Happy 4th of July” can be written in blue cursive on both pinkie nails.
While you might need a bit of patience and longer nails in order to recreate this glitzy manicure, the end result is totally worth it.
10 Go Hog Wild With Glitter This Fourth Of July
While many of us enjoy looking at elaborate nail art, sometimes we don’t have the talent to recreate it ourselves and can’t afford heading to the salon to let a professional manicurist do our nails. But just because we aren’t talented manicurists doesn’t mean we can’t spruce our digits up for Independence Day! Yes, this design is perfect for all you people, who, like me, have trouble painting even a straight line!
In order to recreate this nail art, all you need is glittery red, silver, and blue nail polish, as well as some silver stars to paste on your nails. You can alternate the colors, and add a few of the stars onto the finger with the blue polish.
The end result is a simple, yet glitzy, manicure that will earn you envious glances wherever you go on Independence Day.
9 Use This Manicure To Show Off Your Appreciation For The Armed Forces
Fourth of July is the perfect day to honor all those who have fought in in the U.S. military and have made many sacrifices in order to keep the country safe from harm.
Whether you are currently serving in the military, or have friends or family members who have served in the armed forces, this manicure is the perfect way to honor all those who have kept America safe over the years.
Recreating this nail art is a painstaking process, since it involves painting a green camouflage design on the thumbs and an American flag on the ring finger. To complete the look, the remaining nails can be painted with black and glittery silver polish.
8 Spruce Up A Boring French Manicure On Independence Day
We love this nail art design because it is a nice twist on the usual French manicure and it is subtle enough to be worn to work.
The design itself is simple enough, with a splash of red polish being substituted for the usual white band at the end of the nail. For a cute patriotic twist, you can also add a wedge of blue polish and adorn it with tiny pearl rhinestones in order to make it resemble the American flag.
Plus, the fact that this manicure isn’t elaborate means it will be much easier to remove after a long day of cooking food over the barbecue or hanging out at the beach with family and friends.
7 Get Inspired By All Things Nautical
The Fourth of July is the perfect day to hop on a boat and enjoy a nice, relaxing day out on the water. Not only will a boat ride help you keep cool, but it is the perfect way to unwind after a long work week too.
This nautical-inspired manicure is the perfect design for all those who plan to spend Independence Day on a cruise ship, or even on a beach with friends watching the sailboats go by.
The bands of red, white and blue tips are enhanced by the gold glitter in between the three stripes. For an even more eye-catching look, you can add a gold flecks and a ship wheel on your ring finger.
6 Reinvent The American Flag
Many nail art designs for the Fourth of July often utilize the colors red, white and blue in an attempt to mimic the colors of the American flag. Sometimes the designs can get very boring very quickly, but not this nail art!
We love this design because it’s deceptively simple yet incredibly striking. Plus, the manicure is very easy to recreate, even for those of us who are absolutely terrible at painting their nails.
All you need is white nail polish with light blue and red glitter polish to go over it. Don’t worry too much about the glitter being uneven, as the design is supposed to mimic both the flag and the colorful fireworks that have become a staple of the Fourth of July.
5 Now You Can Bring Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular To Your Nails
Macy’s televised fireworks spectacular is one of the more popular ways to enjoy beautiful pyrotechnics without having to leave the comfort of your sofa or dealing with rowdy, drunk crowds on a hot summer’s day.
If you plan on having family and friends over for a nice, relaxing dinner on the Fourth of July but still want an eye-catching manicure, then you’ll definitely love this elaborate design. The stars and glitter are reminiscent of the dazzling fireworks that are ignited every year in New York City’s East River, right by the Brooklyn Bridge.
If you’ve always been dazzled by Macy’s famous pyrotechnics display as a little kid, now you can recreate their beautiful fireworks on your nails.
4 Show Off A Matching Patriotic Manicure And Pedicure
We all love going to the salon to pamper ourselves with a relaxing manicure and pedicure, so why not indulge yourself with a cute patriotic design this Fourth of July?
If you feel like showing off your American pride this Independence Day, this manicure allows you to proudly wear the flag on all 10 nails. This design is really elaborate, so unless you're a talented nail art guru, or you have a steady hand, you might be better off going to a beauty parlor and letting a professional handle it. The pedicure is less complex, since it is just light red polish with white and blue swirls on both big toes.
Both designs are the perfect way to show off your patriotic side and earn envious glances from your friends.
3 Celebrate Independence Day With Cute Marbled Nails
Not everyone has the time or the talent to spend hours painstakingly painting American flags, stars and fireworks onto each and every one of their nails for the Fourth of July.
However, if you want a cute holiday-themed manicure without having to spend an hour or two at the salon or in your bathroom, then we have the perfect solution for you.
Red, white and blue marbled nails are the perfect way to try a popular manicure trend and show off your patriotic side for Independence Day.
Plus, the marbled design will be far easier to remove after a long day at the beach or helping your family barbecue than a manicure with several layers of glitter polish and lots of tiny rhinestones.
2 Get A Cool Airbrushed Flag On Your Nails
Thankfully, there are creative artists who manage to reinvent the usual Fourth of July designs, such as the stars and stripes, fireworks and the American flag.
This manicure is simple, yet eye-catching. The base is plain white nail polish, with one side of the nail being covered in red glitter and the other side being covered in blue glitter. The end result is a glittery airbrushed look that is reminiscent of the American flag, but isn’t too bold and doesn’t require the use of rhinestones or pearls.
The design is perfect for all those who just want to spend a quiet meal with family and friends, or even Americans who plan on binge-watching Netflix with their pets and avoiding the noisy fireworks in their neighborhood.
1 Adorn Your Fingers With Eye-Catching Sparklers
If you have fond memories from childhood of lighting sparklers on the Fourth of July, why not indulge yourself in a bit of nostalgia and recreate the dancing sparks on your nails for this special occasion?
This unique manicure starts off with alternating nail tips painted in red, white and blue. The tips of the thumb, middle and index fingers are decorated with white and red sparklers. To top it off, the ring and pinkie fingers are adorned with white stars and red hearts.
The design is eye-catching enough to be worn out if you plan on dancing the night away with friends, but it is also totally subtle enough that you can wear it to work or at a family barbecue!