Source: Ariel Winter/Instagram
Aurelie Corinthios
July 05, 2016 09:50 AM

Ariel Winter is living her best life.

Between graduating from high school, gearing up to attend UCLA in the fall and wrapping her new movie, the Modern Family star has a lot on her plate, but she took some time off to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family – and with a sexy bikini snap, of course.

Winter, 18, took to Instagram Monday to share a picture of herself on the beach looking back at the camera, captioning it: “Will always look back at this #4thofjuly.”

She added, “#fireworks #family #friends #beach,” and marked the location as Monarch Bay Private Beach Club, which is in Dana Point, California.

Will always look back 😉 at this #4thofjuly 🇺🇸 #fireworks #family #friends #beach

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The holiday came just a couple of days after Winter finished shooting her upcoming movie, Dog Years, in which she majorly switched up her look to play an emotionally unstable young woman, dying her hair red and sporting nose rings, faux tattoos and booty shorts.

“When the whole #squad look #fresh,” she wrote on Instagram. “Oh yeah…and that’s a wrap on #DogYears!!!! Love every single one of you with all of my heart- thank you for making this experience so amazing and memorable.”

Went through my camera roll and found this gem from wrap the other night…..🙄😳 #squad #crazy #latepost

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👋🏼 Hi there press people!!!!!!

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And while Winter may have just gone through a breakup, she’s been keeping a positive outlook. The actress took to social media last week to announce she had split from her longtime boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette, tweeting, “When you’re surprised that people just haven’t gotten it yet…” alongside a meme of Kim Kardashian West saying, “I’m like dropping hints that I’m single.”

Modern Family will return to ABC on Sept. 21.

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