Break out the briquets—it’s time for a barbecue. This Friday, we’re celebrating the Fourth with our favorite all-American treats: apple pie, cheap beer, and some good old-fashioned pyrotechnics.

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What’s more American than a slice of pie on July 4th? Apple may be ye olde standby, but Emily Elsen—who opened Brooklyn’s beloved Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie shop with her sister in 2009—has plenty of suggestions for alternate fruit fillings with a more modern bent. Lavender, meet blueberry. Paprika, meet peach.

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Summer in New York begins the moment the first fire hydrant gets cracked open. Soon, neighborhood pools will be packed with kids playing hooky on the last few days of school, and even the most homebodyish New Yorkers will venture out for a little sunbathing in the park. Pull out your brightest prints, dust off your boombox, and head to Sal’s for a slice. It’s summertime and the livin’ is, indeed, easy.   

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No one draws an anthropomorphic animal quite like Tuesday Bassen. Her childlike humor brings a dash of fun (see: bicycling rabbits; alligators on parade) to the uber-sophisticated world of online greeting cards.

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Dear Dad,
Thanks for almost everything. (When you’re ready to part ways with your ‘69 Camaro, just let us know.)

Father’s Day is June 15th. Send Dad a card at paperlesspost.com.