People gather in downtown Milwaukee along the lake front of Lake Michigan, as the city celebrates Independence day with fireworks on July 3, 2008 Milwaukee.
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July 1, 2016 11:29 AM EDT

As we combed the country for reasons to celebrate America right now, we also decided to take the idea of celebrating quite literally—by putting together the ingredients for the best Independence Day bash ever.

With a drink recipe from Carla Hall, a menu by Mario Batali and tunes by Alexander Wang, you should be set for the Fourth and for many summer celebrations to come.

See more of TIME’s Reasons to Celebrate America Right Now here

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