Whether you are hosting a pre-fireworks barbecue or a parade-route brunch, it's time to update your Fourth of Julystyle. Mix it up this year with blue stripes and red checks to create the perfect balance of patriotic flair.

It's prime summertime for functional and chic yard games. Not hosting? Downtown's Red, White & Boom and other local celebrations provide the perfect excuses to get on your festive style.

1. Men's Blue Classic Seersucker Short, $75 at J.Crew

2. BBQ Serving Board, $47.50 at Urban Home & Garden

3. Women's Navy Chino Short, $54.50 at J.Crew

4. Stars and Stripes Party Fans, $24.50 at Pottery Barn

5. Urban Classic Garden Croquet, $89.99 at Urban Home & Garden

6. Table Runner, $19.99 at Urban Home & Garden

7. Rhett Check Napkin, $28 at Pottery Barn