While there are plenty of Fourth of July-inspired cocktails, food and crafts to try, a festive mani is the cherry on top for any holiday celebration. Whether you prefer a minimalist style (i.e., shapes, lines or a French mani) or want to get creative with a starry print or a red, white and blue color palette, here are 45 patriotic designs to try this Independence Day.
The 50 Best 4th of July Nail Designs That Are Classy (and Not at All Tacky)
Bring on the festive mani
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1. Bedazzled Stars
Upgrade your basic mani with a fun 3D design. First, choose a base coat before dropping a small dot of nail glue onto the area you want to place the star. Use tweezers to lay the it on top of the glue and press down for a few minutes. If you prefer gel, just place the gem, swipe on a clear gel and put your nails into your UV gel lamp to secure the design.
2. Negative Space
Who says you have to paint your whole nail? Leave room for a clear base and incorporate lines or shapes for a minimalist yet chic look with one (or more!) colorful picks.
Get the design: OPI red polish ($11)
3. Tonal Wabi Sabi
4. Modern French
5. Floral Print
6. Nude With Stars
Stars are a go-to pattern for this festive holiday, but they don’t have to feel run-of-the-mill. After applying a nude coat of polish or two, use a thin brush to draw stars in red, then again in blue. (Tip: To create the stars, make tiny triangles and connect them together. Here’s a tutorial.)
7. Blue Squiggles
8. Bold Abstract
9. Glittery Twinkle
10. Summer Treats
11. Polka Dots
What better way to wear your cute polka dot summer dress than with a mani to match? A nail dotting tool, a toothpick or a bobby pin will do the trick. Dip the tool into your nail polish and start dotting it onto your nails.
12. Blue Glitter
Fireworks aren’t the only thing shimmering on the 4th. Find a glittery polish in a single shade that keeps your nails shining bright all day.
Get the design: Essie glitter polish ($14)
13. Red And Blue Stripes
14. Colorful Confetti
15. Geometric Shapes
16. Star Stickers
If the thought of drawing freaks you out and jewels aren’t really your thing, stickers are a great alternative to get creative. Just peel the sticker off, apply it onto your nail and set with a topcoat. Have fun with the placement—sometimes it’s more interesting if every nail doesn’t match.
17. Outline Accents
18. Captain America
19. Patriotic Banners
Raise your flag nails up in the air with this adorable banner art. First, start with a bright blue base coat before using small circle strokes to paint on clouds. Once you're satisfied with your summer sky, draw a curved line and three small triangles. Finally, finish off with any designs inside the small flags.
20. Patterned Tips
21. Color Block Hearts
Hey, they’re not just for Valentine’s Day. Use a thin brush to outline the shape, then color it in with more polish. If you’re not comfortable with freehand, consider using paper, tape or even a bandaid to keep your lines clean. Watch the tutorial for more tips on this design.
22. Statement Stars
23. Vertical Stripes
Upgrade the traditional flag design by painting on vertical lines in each patriotic color. Start by painting your entire nail red, then add two white stripes. Use a deep blue polish to create an even thinner line to the right of each white stripe. As always, finish with a clear top coat so your hard work lasts.
Get the design: Sally Hansen nail art brush kit ($8)
24. White Grid
Tie-dye will never go out of style, so why not continue the trend on your nails? Add a few drops of red, white and blue polish into a bowl of cool water. Then, grab a toothpick and swirl the polishes together before dipping your nail into the bowl and slowly lifting it out to transfer the pattern onto your nail. Use remover and a brush or Q-tip to clean up the edges to finish. If you have the patience for it, do all ten fingers! If not, one accent nail on each hand is just as good.
26. Pop Art Popsicle
27. Mix And Match
28. Tri-color Florals
Let summer flowers bloom...right onto your nails. Stickers, stamps or a drawing can be done to showcase the season’s florals, and creating them in red, white and blue keeps them on theme for the holiday. Check out this tutorial to design your very own flower.
29. Vivid Zigzags
30. Variety Mix
31. Paint Drips
32. Fireworks Spectacular
FYI, this shimmering nail art is giving us major Macy's 4th of July Fireworks vibes. While the blue polish shines bright, it's the silver shade that makes the look pop. You can try your hand at making the lines using a brush (or reach for some nail tape to get the job done).
33. Shiny Jewels
Let's face it: Life is more fun with a bit of bedazzling. Whether you decorate all your nails or make a statement on your ring finger, the possibilities are endless. And when the light hits just right, your nails will be on full display.
Get the design: Jewels (
34. Cherry Bomb
35. Lines On Lines On Lines
36. Outline Masterpiece
37. Translucent Blue
If you're into the clear acrylic trend, you'll appreciate this upgrade to the popular look. To recreate it, simply dilute your favorite blue polish with a few drops of clear top coat before applying it to your nails.
Get the design: Orly blue polish ($11)
38. Reversed French
We love a good French, but how about trying it backwards by placing the design at your cuticle area instead of your tips? Apply a blue base coat before grabbing a ruby red polish and painting a contrasting line at the base of your nails. Two words: Mind. Blown.
Get the design: Paintbox assorted polish ($22)
39. Matte Nails
Yup, matte nails are making a comeback. Goodbye shiny gel manis, you're taking the backseat for now. Try the look in red, white or blue matte polish or alternate all three shades on different nails.
Get the design: Zoya red polish ($10)
40. Smiley Face
41. Magnetic Magic
Before you head to any 4th of July soirées, deck out your nails in this metallic design. Thankfully, the polish and magnet duo does all the work for you to get that shimmery ripple effect.
Get the design: Nails Inc blue polish ($10)
42. Red, White & Blue Ombré
43. Fruit Salad
OK, the cherries on their own would be cute, but adding the entire summer fruit selection makes your mani even more festive. These fruity stickers come with watermelons, strawberries and more.
Get the design: Fruit Slices Stickers ($9)
44. Fiery Flames
45. Checkered Print
Picnic basket? Check. The best seat for fireworks? Check. A checkered mani that's on theme? Check.
Get the design: Orly blue polish ($11)
46. Watermelon Sugar
Did you know the peak season for watermelon is July? Well, why not give the most delicious fruit the spotlight for the upcoming holiday. Use a striping brush to recreate a few watermelons on the tips of your nails and don't forget to use a vibrant red polish to make the manicure really pop for the summer.
Get the design: Chanel red polish ($32)
47. Aura Nails
While aura nails came on the scene in 2021, they've recently resurged this season by mixing all of the 4th of July's staple shades. To join the trend, start by adding a drop of polish onto a sponge and pressing it down gently for the faded finish.
48. Stylish Short Mani
This short manicure is the minimal style that's great for the 4th and requires two easy steps to follow at home. All you'll need is some nail tape to apply it right in the middle of your nail before grabbing a striping brush and applying a thin line of polish across the tip.
Get the design: Nail tape (
49. Patriotic Press-Ons
50. Lipstick Nails
The nail polish is key, but how about switching up your nail game in a new shape? These lipstick nails give an edge to a traditional manicure. Grab some press-ons and clip them to customize your mani or use a nail filer on your natural nail to mimic the design.
Get the design: Beetles gel nail kit (