Nicole Richie shared a laugh with friends on the beach in Malibu yesterday. Nicole was joined by husband Joel Madden, his brother Benji, pal Samantha Ronson, West Coast Vogue editor Lisa Love, and others in celebrating Fourth of July in the sand. She sported long blond braids for the event, which included checking out a fireworks show over the water. Nicole and Joel weren't the only stars who spent the holiday in the oceanside town since Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Tisdale, and Zac Efron also enjoyed Independence Day weekend in Malibu. Soon Nicole will be back to work, though, since she has House of Harlow's Fall collection, which now includes a handbag line, to promote before the pieces are available in stores later this month.