Nicole Richie didn't follow the crowd on July 4th: no red, white and blue for her!

Instead, the trendsetter rocked combat boots, a $1,500 Balenciaga bag and a boho chic mustard blanket. Love it!

Richie celebrated with family and friends at the beach -- hubby Joel Madden and his twin brother, Benji, sipped drinks at the clambake.

Check out all the pics in our gallery below!