Red, white, and blue flags flapping in the breeze, smoking grills, and blazing sunshine. There's no better time to celebrate America's 233rd birthday. And what better way to wish Uncle Sam (and ourselves) many happy returns than a schmaltzy screensaver for your desktop? Show off your patriotism and passion for dazzling explosives with this collection of Independence Day downloads.

Liberty Shines screensaver

Liberty Shines Screensaver See an entire Fourth of July day from the water, looking onto Manhattan's shoreline. Lady Liberty and New York are the daylight stars in this well-animated screensaver. As dusk falls, the buildings light up and the fireworks begin to sparkle and burst behind this enduring symbol of America's freedom.

Fireworks screensaver

Fireworks Screensaver
This classic fireworks screensaver draws you in to the spectacular display you shoot onto your desktop. Interact with the screensaver by choosing the number of rockets to compose your grand finale. If your tastes run high, you'll be able create in no time a blast befitting America's birthday.

Scenic Reflections

Patriotic Scenic Reflections Screensaver
If to you Independence Day is more than just barbecue and pyrotechnics, you'll want a patriotic screensaver like this one on your desktop. This one displays more than 80 classic images of American icons, including a proud bald eagle, the Washington Monument, and the Statue of Liberty.

3D Magic Mahjongg

3D Magic Mahjongg
Brush aside the old-school graphics and you'll find a July Fourth-themed tile-matching game with addictive gameplay. The game opens with a stack of tiles covered with fireworks, flags, and Liberty Gells. Your job is to strategically match two unobstructed tiles. Pair them all off and you win the game, but get stuck and you'll have to start again.

3D Fireworks Extravaganza

3D Fireworks Extravaganza demo
If nothing but the most realistic fireworks will do to celebrate the Declaration of Independence, this could be the screensaver for you. The colorful blasts look right, and we are sure they are even better in the full version. Like many of its screensaver cousins, the trial download unfortunately obscures the view with a nag screen.

3D Fireworks by the Bay

3D Fireworks by the Bay
New York, Boston, and Philadelphia aren't the only places to celebrate the turning of the years! While San Francisco postdates the Declaration of Independence, the City by the Bay sure knows how to honor it. This jubilant screensaver shoots off rockets from San Francisco Bay over the city's unique nighttime skyline.

Flags demo

Flags Demo
You have an American flag waving in the breeze outside your door. But what about inside your home? You can easily show your pride there, too. Just download this patriotic screensaver to proudly hoist the stars and stripes on your desktop while you step away.

Awesome Navy Aircraft

Awesome Navy Aircraft Screen Saver Lite
Nothing says patriotism like the U.S. Navy. This high-flying screensaver features a slew of professional-quality photos of fighter jets and helicopters in action.

July 4th dreams

4th of July Dreams Screensaver
This nifty screensaver features a festive fireworks display against the backdrop of various symbols of American heritage including the Lincoln Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and the Washington Monument.

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.