A Comprehensive Recap of Taylor Swift's 2016 July 4th Party

Taylor Swift's annual July 4th bash has become a hotly anticipated event on the holiday calendar (the slides, the swimsuits and of course the Blake and Ryan cameos). But with the singer on her Reputation tour this year, we don't have many clues about what's in the works this year. So we're doing the next best thing and reliving all the magic from 2016

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Party in the USA

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This is your Taymerica 2016 class photo. The squad assembled for a weekend of creating Instagram bait. The star-studded guest list included everyone from a pregnant Blake Lively to rising star Halston Sage to actress Ruby Rose and supermodel Gigi Hadid.

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Model Moment

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Question: If you're wearing matching suits with your BFFs and don't take a photo, did it even happen? Answer: No. Here, Gigi, Cara Delevingne and Taylor posed for one of the most stand-out Instas of the weekend in their coordinating red, white and blue suits.. The water was the perfect backdrop, the lawn was vibrant and the American flag prop was positioned at just the right angle. Since the affair, the Solid & Striped "Anne Marie" one-piece style has sold 22,000 units, according to the brand.

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The Warm-Up

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Getting injured during the activity portion of Taymerica was just not an option. So Uzo Aduba and her sister graciously led the squad in a pre-slide warm-up routine. Important to note: They've decided to move it to the tune of NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye," according to Uzo's Instagram caption.

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Sliding Into Those DMs Like...

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Enter the commencement of the waterslide series. It's like Mario Testino's Towel Series, but slightly more famous. Here, the trio showed how to master a truly candid laughing shot.

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The Real Patriots

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When you're Taylor Swift, having just one small American flag isn't going to cut it. So she also had the the full-size flag on hand, alongside squad member Ruby Rose. (Some found the use of the flag disrespectful.)

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Going Strong

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As we move along, Taylor's endurance becomes more and more impressive, and at the same time, new questions arise. Where did the photographer stand to get this exact shot? How did his/her camera stay protected from water droplets? Who is said photographer? Were there multiple? (We could keep going.)

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Coming in Hot

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The jury's still out on if this twosome is going by Kaylor or Tarlie, but either way, we can't get enough of the daring duo. The besties ditched the traditional sit-down-and-slide entrance, and instead, jump right into the action.

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Tattoo Break

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Moving on to the arts and crafts hour. We can always count on Cara to break the mold, and here, she let Gigi get artsy, and paint the British flag on her backside. But Cara still proudly flaunted those stars and stripes on the other side.

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Tay's childhood bestie, Abigail Anderson, showed off the results of her time at the crafting station. She went for the straight-up patriotic option, while Tay focused on either practicing a little self-love, or giving a shout-out to her then-bae Tom Hiddleston with her T/heart combo.

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The Slow Fade

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The sun set, the air-dried curls came out, but the fun never ended. Karlie showed off the results of all her gym time, lifting her friend Gigi in the air without breaking a sweat.

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Outfit Change

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Once fully dry, the ladies modeled some more holiday outfit inspo. Tay selected a cute striped jumpsuit, while Abigail sported a bold a red-and-white-striped top with a flag scarf draped over for an added patriotic effect. Gigi looked effortlessly chic with her own scarf tied around her neck and some circle sunnies.

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The Golden Hour

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Here some of the squad posed in their after-hours uniform—the flag onesie, while Tay took a minute to relax from her hosting duties in front of the campfire.

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Baby, Pull Me Closer

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It's hard to believe this is the first time #Hiddleswift has made an appearance in this recap, but there they are, looking as in-love as ever (tear). While the relationship didn't last long, this moment will last forever thanks to the Internet. Shout out to Swift's other longtime bestie, Brit LaManna for the post (who got married just a few months before this photo was taken) and of course Blake and Ryan.

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Karaoke Sesh

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Abigail Lauren/Instagram

A squad that sings together, stays together. Here, Taylor belted what we hope is some old-school Britney or even her own "Shake It Off" alongside Abigail.

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It Just Gets Better

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When Ed Sheeran shows up, you know things are about to get real. Ed and Uzo lead the group in song (and Cara is clearly down with their selection).

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Game Faces On

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No holiday weekend is complete without a game of charades, Taboo, or some other interactive throw-down. The focus here was real.

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Baby, You're A Firework

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And finally, it's impossible to celebrate the Fourth of July without a firework show to close out the evening, and leave it to Tay to deliver the best of the best. We're not sure how she can top Taymerica this year, but we really, really hope she tries.

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