For many Americans the Fourth of July means BBQs, fireworks and celebrating their home country, but for others Fourth of July means it’s time for the annual Invasion of the Pines—the event on Fire Island where hundreds of drag queens board a ferry in Cherry Grove, and disembark in the neighboring village of the Pines to show off their wild looks for the cheering crowd.
The theme song for this year’s runway show off the ferry was “American” by RuPaul with multiple queens’ looks having a political theme like recreations of Kathy Griffin’s infamous Trump photo and characters from The Handmaid’s Tale.
Drag Race alumni Alyssa Edwards judged the post-Invasion pool show, where she scored the top looks and made the final two queens lip sync for their lives. Alyssa ended the show with a splash—literally—as she removed her sculptured wig and jumped in the pool.
Scroll through below to see an Instagram roundup of queens who proved that this year they came to slay—and remember, it’s never too early to start planning next year’s outfit.