Blank space: Taylor Swift skips annual Fourth of July party as her parents take over Rhode Island beach house a year after pop star hosted Blake, Cara, Gigi, Karlie and Brit boy toy Tom Hiddleston
- Taylor Swift did not host annual Fourth of July celebration in Watch Hill, Rhode Island at her $17.75m estate
- The home was still under extremely tight security however throughout the weekend, and the pop star's parents Andrea and Scott were seen in town
- Swift's now iconic red-white-and-blue inflatable water slide was also out over the weekend, having been a staple at her summer parties since 2015
- Andrea was seen shopping at a boutique on Bay Street, a short walk down the hill from her daughter's home, on Monday morning
- Scott went out on a charter fishing trip with some friends on Tuesday before celebrating the holiday at his daughter's home
- Swift, 27, hosted British boy toy Tom Hiddleston and celeb friends including Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at her home last year
What a difference a year makes.
It was 52 weeks ago that the tiny and tranquil village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island was descended upon by some of the biggest names in the entertainment world as Taylor Swift hosted her third annual Fourth of July bash.
Hollywood stars Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, supermodels Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid, Emmy-winning actress Uzo Adubo, model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne and the singing sisters of Haim were just a few of the celebrity pals that showed up for the festivities, which lasted five days.
This year however, Watch Hill is a celebrity ghost town.
And while there was no sign of Swift, there did appear to be a number of music industry heavy hitters staying at the property, with individuals resembling Apple exec Jimmy Iovine and WME exec Marc Geiger seen in Watch Hill over the weekend.
Swift's father Scott, who was seen with the men, is a part owner of her label Big Machine Records.
Celeb haven: Taylor Swift did not host her annual Fourth of July celebration in Watch Hill, Rhode Island at her $17.75 million estate (above)
Cozy cottage on the beach: The home was still under extremely tight security however throughout the weekend, and the pop star's parents Andrea and Scott were seen in town
Slip and slide: Swift's now iconic red-white-and-blue inflatable water slide was also out over the weekend, having been a staple at her summer parties since 2015 (right)
Style: Andrea was seen shopping at a boutique on Bay Street, a short walk down the hill from her daughter's home, on Monday morning (above)
Shake it off: Scott went out on a charter fishing trip with some friends on Tuesday (above) before celebrating the holiday at his daughter's home
Before the colonies split: Swift, 27, hosted British boy toy Tom Hiddleston at her beachfront home last year (above)
Swift learned all about the makings if a classic Fourth of July party when she spent time with the Kennedys back in 2012 and briefly dated Conor (left); Three years later she welcomed a Scotsman to her celebration of America's independence from the British crown (right)
Last year, the up and coming stars in the fields of music, film and fashion were also joined by a heartthrob hailing from across the pond as per tradition, with Swift welcoming then boy-toy Tom Hiddleston to spent some time with her sacred squad for the holiday weekend.
And while their relationship may be no more, the images of Hiddleston, 36, and his decade-younger lover cavorting in the surf while he wears a skin-tight tank reading 'I heart T.S.' will live on forever.
Calvin Harris had been the chosen beau back in 2015, and back in 2014 Andrew Garfield played the role of English rose when he accompanied his then-girlfriend Emma Stone.
No famous faces or British-born beaus made the journey East to the smallest state in the union for the biggest party of the year this Fourth of July though, as even Swift, skipped the annual trip to the Ocean State.
She did not forego all tradition however, as she likely spent Fourth of July with her latest boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
The 26-year-old star of 'Billy Flynn's Long Halftime Walk' was born and raised in the suburbs of London.
One out of every three relationships in this photo are over: Swift and Hiddleston, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and Britany and Benjamin LaManna during the 2016 festivities in Watch Hill
Stars, stripes, an Australian and a Brit: Harley Gusman, Ruby Rose, Halston Sage, Swift, Uzo Adubo, Lively, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid (back row l to r): Rachel Plateen and Alana Haim (front row l to r)
Bathing beauties: Alana Haim, Rachel Plateen, Martha Hunt, Halston Sage, Cara Delevingne, Swift Britany Maack, Abigail Anderson, Rose, Harley Gusman, Lively, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss in 2016
2016 Swimsuit models: Hadid, Delevingne and Swift in match suits; Kloss and Swift go for broke on the famed water slide
Loki lets loose: Hiddleston with Swift, Haidid and Delevingne back in 2016 at the singer's Watch Hill home
Two happy couples: Swift's newly engaged pal Abigail Anderson and her beau Matt Lucier a few days after their big news back in 2016, with Ed Sheeran PDA'ing in the background
The decision to avoid the hoards of paparazzi and fans eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the 27-year-old did not come as a huge surprise given Swift's steadfast dedication to keeping a low profile this year.
As a result, this year's festivities were attended by the most exclusive group yet, as only Swift's parents Andrea and Scott managed to snag an invite to hang at the $17.75 million oceanfront estate.
They were joined by just a few friends and family members for the weekend, and quickly made it clear that they would be celebrating the birth of America in a far more low-key manner than years past.
Scott, a financial adviser, chatted with a friend on Sunday afternoon, with the two men photographed sitting among a sea of empty Adirondack chairs and chaise lounges on the property's immaculate lawn.
That same day, he and wife Andrea, who was a mutual fund executive herself, also took some time to gaze out at the Atlantic in their beach wear.
A chorus line: Swift, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Haim perform while at Swift's home back in 2016
Who's Kevin?: Joe and Nick Jonas take in the fireworks back in 2015 at Swift's second annual Fourth of July celebration
Younger brothers trends: Swift and her baby bro Austin display Ina Garten's famed red, white and blue cake (above)
Another Brit: Swift and Sheeran hang out back in 2015, with the British singer opting for a heavy band jacket
Participation is required: Hadid, Serayah, Swift, Hunt, Amanda Griffith, Este, Alana and Danielle Haim jump for perfectly-photographed joy back in 2015
Indie production: An uncertain Emma Stone perches on the far right of the frame looking at Swift's inaugural squad of: Amanda Griffith, King, Swift and Ingrid Michelsen (back row l to r): Lena Dunham, Jessica Szohr, Jessica Stam, Odeya Rush and friend (front row l to r)
Meanwhile, on the other side of the home, the giant red-white-and-blue inflatable slide that last year played host to Loki, Deadpool and Enchantress sat ignored and unused by the still waters of Swift's pool.
Another young man spotted on the property looked liked son Austin, but it was hard to confirm if it was in fact Taylor's little brother as he was dressed in a dark polo shirt and sunglasses like the security guards who keep watch over the home.
Andrea also took some time over the holiday weekend to enjoy the local shopping on Watch Hill's main strip, which is located just down the hill from her daughter's home.
The 59-year-old was seen emerging from one of the boutiques on Bay Street on Monday, blending in with the ritzy crowd in her over-sized designer shades and stylish black top.
It was back in 2012 that Swift was first introduced to the charms of the New England coast by another former paramour, Conor Kennedy.
Rest and relaxation: Two men lounge on Swift's Adirondack chairs on Monday ahead of the big holiday (above)
Grabbing dinner: Scott brought along a cooler for the fishing trip on Tuesday afternoon in Watch Hill (above)
Fishing threads: Scott wore a pair of loose-fitting jeans along with a striped polo shirt for the fishing excursion on Tuesday (above)
Depleted squad: A security guard talks with a guest who looks similar to Apple executive Jimmy Iovine on the property Monday
Looking out: Swift's father and an unidentified women look out to the ocean on Monday afternoon
Players: There did appear to be a number of music industry heavy hitters staying at the property, with Swift's father Scott (center in red hat) a part owner of her record label Big Machine Records ( a man who looks similar to WME execuitve Marc Geiger on right in blue hat)
The lovebirds actually met over Fourth of July weekend when Conor's aunt Rory, a documentary filmmaker, invited Swift to the family compound.
The two were frequently photographed together the rest of the summer as they spent time on the Cape and near Conor's home in Mount Kisco, New York.
Swift even bought a house near the Kennedy family compound weeks after meeting Conor, plunking down a reported $4.8million for an oceanfront residence boasting seven bedrooms and stunning views.
They couple split however, and while Swift lost the boy and the house - managing to make a tidy $1million profit despite her quick offloading of the property - she did keep the Kennedy's Fourth of July tradition.
Palatial escape: Swidt purchased the home in Westerly, Rhode Island back in 2013, a year after dating Conor Kennedy
Stones: The home has beach access and a poll in the exclusive and old-moneyed Rhode Island hamlet, located on the state's southernmost point
Plenty of space: The home boasts includes eight bedrooms and eight fireplaces for those chilly new England winters
Take the money and run: Swift put down the total sale amount on the home in cash when she made the purchase
Views for days: The property is just a shirt walk from Bay Street, the main strip in the quiet and idyllic village of Watch Hill
Perfect place: The inflatable water slide emerges from the pool house each summer, just in time for the Fourth of July
Her inaugural event set the tone for that special Swift mix of guests, which always includes a standout television star, catwalk beauty approaching supermodel status, a model-turned-actress, assorted singers, a handful of heartthrobs, Hollywood headliners and her lifelong gal pals.
In 2014 there was 'Girls' creator Lena Dunham, Canadian stunner Jessica Stam, former supermodel and then-WB star Jaime King, indie-label chanteuse Ingrid Michelson and the aforementioned Stone and Garfield, who did their best to avoid the group photos.
Garfield's aim to keep a low profile was aided by the beard he was growing at the time for his role in last year's 'Silence.'
Jessica Szohr, Odeya Rush, King's hubby Kyle Newman, Amanda Griffith and some of Swift's lifelong pals rounded out the group, who were forced to use a regular slip-and-slide for their holiday festivities.
Plans: Gigi Hadid spent this year enjoying some time to herself, and posted a photo of Zayn Malik playing with her dog on Sunday (above)
Fashion first: Hadid was out and about in NYC last Thursday (left) while Kloss has been bust at Paris Haute Couture week (right at Dior event on Monday)
Squad 2.0: Delevingne returned to her fashion roots as well on Monday at the Chanel show with Katy Perry, Karl Lagerfeld, and Claudia Schiffer
Reunited: On Tuesday night, Delevingne (left) and Kloss (right) reunited at a Vogue party in Paris
Vamp it up in one shouldered Mugler like Karlie
At the Vogue party in Paris, the supermodels brought at all the stops. Karlie Kloss sported a one shouldered gown straight off the Mugler Pre-Fall 2017 runway.
Her dress came in a heavy winter fabric, but the supermodel paid no mind to the heat, that high leg opening must have helped! With it's asymmetric cut, ring detail, skinny strap design and high low hem, this was no boring black dress. Kloss added even more drama to the look with her shock of white hair and black vampy lip.
It's too hot and early in the year to copy Karlie's velvet fabric, but the one shouldered look would be great for any summertime social event. And keep cool with a a high slit just like Karlie. Shop asymmetric looks down in our edit below.
Action-packed summer: Reynolds could not make the trek out East as he is busy filming the sequel to Deadpool (above)
Learning and keeping safe: Lively meanwhile is raising her son and daughter and squeezing in some CPR classes (above)
Swift stuck to a similar formula the following year, with an even more celeb-packed invite list.
There was Scottish DJ Harris and Joe Jonas, who attended alongside baby brother Nick and then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
Este, Danielle and Alana made their first appearance that year too, with Haim and Ed Sheeran representing that singers in attendance during the 2015 fete.
Actress, singer and 'Empire' breakout Serayah, Swift's best bud Brit LaManna, and Victoria's Secret beauty Martha Hunt also scored a golden ticket that year.
Most importantly, 2015 marked the first appearance of what may be the most iconic and recognizable inflatable water slide on the East Coast of America.
The number of attendees doubled in 2016, with a strong emphasis on couples, as in addition to Swift and Hiddleston and Reynolds and Lively, three of the models in attendance also took someone special for the weekend.
Delevingne attended with Annie Clark (a.k.a St. Vincent), Hunt brought photographer Jason McDonald and Kloss was accompanied by Joshua Kushner.
That second pairing was confirmed by paparazzi shots taken on the property, with the venture capitalist never appearing in any of the social media posts that were shared by members of the group.
Actresses Halston Sage and Ruby Rose, Sheeran, the sisters Haim were also all at Swift's shindig last year.
And, to top it all off, there was even an engagement party for Swift's closet friend, Abigail Anderson.
Even better: A new law in Rhode Island now prohibits people from stepping foot on the beach in front of Swift's home
Enjoy the view: Swift has made a point of spending summer weekends in Watch hill in the past, but not this year
Empty space: Swift has yet to visit her Watch Hill property once this year, and was last seen there in November for Thanksgiving
Dining option: Swift's home is located next door to the swank Ocean House, which is a Relaux & Chataux property
Empty driveway: Only a handful of cars filled the driveway on Monday, one day before the holiday
Towels all aligned: The poolside chairs were still perfectly maintained, perhaps for Swift's industry guests
Sunshine: Windows surround all of Swift's home, keeping the massive home well lit during the summer months
That may be why there was no choice but to take a break this year, with nowhere to go but down after the 2016 party.
Not helping matters is the bust schedule many of the ladies have, with Haim set to release their second studio album next week, Kloss and Delevingne busy in Paris at the haute couture shows, and Reynolds filming the 'Deadpool' sequel.
Hadid and Lively meanwhile are just enjoying some time out of the limelight it seems, with Lively raising her two children and sneaking in a CPR class while the daughter of Yolanda Foster spends some quality time with her pup and her man Zayn Malik.
Swift meanwhile is busy at work on her follow-up to '1989,' her most successful album to date both critically and in terms of sales.
In a little less than three years, '1989' has sold an impressive 9.5 million copies worldwide and earned Swift 10 Grammy nominations, with the singer winning three including Album of the Year back in 2016, making her the first female to win that honor twice.
She was topped back in February when Adele became the first singer to win Song, Record and Album of the year twice.
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