1 Our associate product manager, Samantha Perlman, spent the holiday weekend at a friend's home in Southampton, New York. Southampton is the oldest and largest of the communities that make up the well-known "Hamptons". This was Samantha's morning view over the bay.
2 Samantha helped prepare the July 4th feast - these are the fresh lobster tails for the lobster rolls.
3 Samantha also made barbecued kebabs using a Martha & Marley Spoon recipe!
4 There were barbecued ribs on the patio too!
5 And for dessert, Samantha and her friends enjoyed vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries.
6 It was a beautiful weekend in Southampton.
7 Director of public relations, Jana Branson, spent the weekend in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. Here she is with her husband, David, and their son, Will, enjoying fruity popsicles.
8 As they were leaving the harbor aboard a water taxi, Will pointed at a nearby sailboat. Will loves all boats, so the family spends as much time as possible near the water.
9 Krystle Mun, Sequential Brands Group VP business development and brand management, visited our nation's capital over the July 4th weekend. Here she is passing by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
10 Krystle also passed by the Washington Monument, an obelisk on the National Mall built to commemorate George Washington.
11 This is Sam, the son of our SVP brand development and international publishing creative director, Ruth Feldman. Sam is out kayaking on Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is the 14th largest lake in the world, but the smallest of the Great Lakes in surface area with a length of 193-miles.
12 Jessica King, Senior Fashion Editor for Weddings, celebrated July 4th from Pine Plains, New York, with her husband, Jamie, and their daughters, Indigo and Sophie.
13 Here are Sophie and Indigo searching for minnows in the lake at the annual 4th of July party at the Mashomack Club in Pine Plains.
14 Jessica caught this beautiful sunset during a family dinner - everyone got up from the table to go outside and take pictures. It was like the sky was on fire - so beautiful.
15 Wyatt Harrison celebrated his weekend at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California, with his mom, Lauren, Sequential Brands Group design and product manager for fashion and entertainment, and their family.
16 Associate designer, Claire Basile, and her friends, decorated this New York patio with string lights from the Martha Stewart holiday collection at The Home Depot.
17 Claire's cat, Bella, is wearing her Martha Stewart Pets Fourth of July top!
18 Claire took many snapshots of her festive and patriotic evening.
19 Peggy Marie Merck, director of public relations, had a special Fourth of July, with her two-month old son, Grif. Grif is already thinking ahead to the 2052 elections.
20 Elinor Lee, associate project manager, had a piece of this amazing ice cream cake that her friend, Leah Gibbs-Gore, made from scratch this weekend.
21 It had layers of coffee ice cream, cookie dough ice cream, fudge, devil’s food cake and whipped cream, topped with chocolate ganache and maraschino cherries.
22 Every year, textiles merchandising intern, Madeline Sell and members of her family, ride decorated bikes in a Fourth of July parade in Ocean City, New Jersey. Here she is with her cousins before the parade.
23 This is cousin Tessa, sipping on a blueberry smoothie before the annual bike parade.
24 Here is marketing manager, Sean Battoni, with his nieces and nephew, Alexis, Kate and Eli. They celebrated the Fourth on Long Beach Island, a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey.
25 A little holiday beach time with Kate, Eli and Alexis.
26 Of course, Sean brought his dog, Lincoln, along. He looks ready for a swim.
27 Sean's Italian blue crab sauce - the kids caught the crabs fresh from the Long Beach Barnegat Bay. The tomatoes were picked from his brother's garden.
28 Dessert included homemade brownies with fresh raspberries and blueberries.
29 Another beautiful sunset - this one from Long Beach Island.
30 Associate publicist, Alexa Stark, had a beautiful view of the famous Macy's 4th of July fireworks from Williamsburg, New York. The brilliant fireworks lit up the night sky over the Brooklyn Bridge.
32 Our executive administration intern, Amy Moy, hosted a Fourth of July barbecue in Staten Island, New York.
33 Amy made chocolate covered pretzels and cut strawberries arranged as the American flag.
34 Our product designer, Jessica Seaman, went west to Pinedale, Wyoming for this Fourth of July. Here she is with her family and friends, enjoying the Asado lamb and potluck dinner.
35 They played an all-American game of corn hole, where players take turns throwing bags of corn, or bean bags, at a raised platform with a hole in the far end.
36 Jessica and her sister, Tina, in front of the Wyoming sunset.
37 Here are Jessica's uncle and cousins getting ready to set off the fireworks at the end of the dock.
38 What a lovely evening in so many parts of our country.
39 This is my driver, Rock Pereira, and his family at Fishermans Catch Restaurant, on Point Lookout, Long Island!
40 Associate designer, Danielle Malin, made this pretty "stars and stripes" blueberry pie, for her celebration.
41 Samantha Frisoli, executive administration intern, spent her weekend in Stonington, Connecticut.
42 After their barbecue dinner, Samantha and her family went down to the beach with sparklers.
43 So beautiful
44 Cheryl DuLong, who works for me at Skylands, my home in Maine, went to Agamont Park in Bar Harbor to watch the fireworks. It was a huge crowd - spectators arrived at the town green as early as 3pm ET for a 9pm ET show.
45 Here is the Margaret Todd heading out for a sunset cruise. Margaret Todd is a four-masted schooner out of Bar Harbor, Maine. It arrived back in time for the fireworks, of course.
46 There was also a parade in Bar Harbor. Here's an all-American antique Ford.
47 And, a car from the Seal Cove Auto Museum
48 Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue was also represented in the parade.
49 And then, once the sun went down - the glorious fireworks display began.
50 Beautiful fireworks just lit up the sky.
51 It's a magical show for everyone.
52 Do you know... A firework requires three key components: an oxidizer, a fuel and a chemical mixture to produce the color. To ignite the chemical reaction, all that's needed is a bit of fire from a fuse or a direct flame.
53 And those sounds from the firecrackers - layers of organic salt, combined with the oxidizer, burn one at a time slowly releasing a gas that creates the whistling sound. Aluminum or iron flakes create the sizzling sparkles, while titanium powder makes the loud blasts.
54 Even some of the very first Independence Day celebrations involved fireworks. On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia put together an elaborate party that included a 13-cannon display, a parade, a fancy dinner, and fireworks.
55 Firework colors are made using different metal elements.
56 And remember, always use caution whenever near fireworks, and keep your pets safe and away.
57 I hope you enjoyed a very beautiful Fourth of July weekend.