We challenged you to show us how you're celebrating summer -- and you delivered with some spectacularly sun-kissed Instagram submissions. It was hard to choose, but here are some of our favorite #MyAmericanSummer photos, featuring poolside dips, berry-smothered cakes, and all things red, white, and blue.

July 09, 2014
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A perfectly presented American pie.

Submitted by: Campbell1967

Kids, this is your American summer. Swing away!

Submitted by: mhoenig

Nothing says summer like a boat ride beneath a crisp blue sky.

Submitted by: climbing_ivy

Creative, delicious, and patriotic: It's a flag pie.

Submitted by: Catalina Serrano

Babies are even cuter in red, white, and blue.

Submitted by: kristawmarsh

Strawberries and cream -- a summer dream.

Submitted by: Jennyeesf

From coast to coast, seafood equals Americana.

Submitted by: Jlaurenlyles

Who else is in the mood for a picnic?

Submitted by: merrittmatic

This festive beauty reminds us of our Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle.

Submitted by: morbidhomemaker

Come on in -- the water's fine!

Submitted by: cambria_grace

We heart Americana-inspired fabrics.

Submitted by: craftedsparrow

Spark your spirit, America.

Submitted by: dangerouslydomestic

It might be frayed, but it never fades.

Submitted by: katieparraphoto

Treat yourself.

Submitted by: kchysmith

To the lighthouse we go.

Submitted by: lammajean

Just checking out the sunflowers.

Submitted by: lizgraceb

We're always up for a festive game of croquet.

Submitted by: luvmeabrit

July is ice cream month. Eat it up, kiddos!

Submitted by: mandyfarn

A seafood boil just screams "summer."

Submitted by: martinecooks

Two very proud (and adorable) Americans.

Submitted by: mrskansasmommy

Best friends forever.

Submitted by: ruby_and_rosemary

Turn on the sprinklers and call it summer.

Submitted by: the_lauren_tree

What a view!

Submitted by: twineandvinesblog

A gorgeous take on our Fireworks Cookies. Martha would approve.

Submitted by: Natalie Korzon

Peaceful sunset and wooden docks -- so summer!

Submitted by: pleasureinsimplethings

Fresh berries and whipped cream make us swoon.

Submitted by: reilly_bakes

Bird-watching on a beautiful summer morning.

Submitted by: shielded_duckee

We love these beautifully arranged patriotic bouquets.

Submitted by: somerbyjones

Yummy pasta with veggies -- the perfect meal for a summer night.

Submitted by: twoofakindcooks

That's all, folks.

Submitted by: wheresyourstack

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