How To Take A 4th Of July Instagram Without Being The Most Annoying Person On Social Media

The Fourth of July might be one of the best weekends of your summer, and even if it’s not, you looked good and blacked out by 2pm, so you deserve some recognition. Getting a sick Fourth of July Instagram can be tough if you want to give off the vibe that your summer kills everyone else’s’ but you’re not trying embarrassingly hard to get a candid pic of you with a red Solo cup in hand. Here are the dos and don’ts of getting your perfect Insta:

Do: Wear Red, White, And Blue

As much as people hate on the girls who wear patriotic colors on Fourth of July, it always looks cute, and it makes it look like you’re having a somewhat festive day, even if you’re just listening to Justin Bieber by the pool with a drink in your hand. I mean, you bought that American flag bikini for a reason, so you might as well put it to good use the one day a year you can wear it.

Don’t: Awkwardly Overdo The Theme

You probably know less about this country than you do about the difference between iced coffee and cold brew, so let’s not pretend you’re some historian all of a sudden. Toss the red and blue face paint and burn that cowboy hat. It’s possible to look cute on the Fourth of July without overdoing it, so find the line and don’t cross it. Let’s not embarrass ourselves before the first round of tequila shots even starts.

Do: Get Friends Involved

Instagrams that make it look like you’re dartying alone are just so cringeworthy. You’re obviously with some friends, so it’s not the time for a solo pic. Like, save that for when you’re on vacation with your family and your mom is willing to take a full-on photoshoot of you in the hotel pool. Fourth of July photos always look better with more people in it, so make sure to get your friends in.

Don’t: Butcher The Caption With Clichés

The last thing this world needs is another “Darty SZN” caption or even worse, the “Party in the USA” line. I mean, everyone knows you’re partying on Fourth of July and everyone has seen these lame captions a million times, so don’t abuse your social media rights. Think of something more creative, download CapGenius, or just stick with American flag emojis. It works every time and no one questions it.

Do: Get A Good Background

Wherever you’re spending your Fourth of July, make sure you get the best part of the location in the background of the photo. Like, if you’re on your sugar daddy’s friend’s yacht in the Hamptons, don’t upload some selfie with nothing photogenic around you. If you’re on the JIMMY at the James rooftop, don’t get your photo in the dark elevator ride. Utilizing your background is key if you want anyone to look at your Instagram and be like, “OK her Fourth of July looks dope.”

Don’t: Make Everyone Around You Hate You

Betches will basically do anything to get a good pic, but don’t make everyone around you start hating you because they got the wrong angle of you sitting on your lounge chair. Ask someone easygoing to take the pic, and if they’re not holding the phone high enough or not putting their cup down to get the perfect lighting, don’t freak out. A little filtering and a good caption go a long way, and it’s not worth getting the rep of the girl who can’t just enjoy a party without getting 500 photos of herself. Yikes.