21 Great Songs for Independence Day about Patriotism and American Pride (And to Keep You Dancing)

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Today is a day of sun, beer, BBQ, friends, family and fireworks.? 242 years ago, our forefathers declared this our Independence Day.? Because of their honor, bravery and solidarity, we have this day and everyday to celebrate our freedom.

As a way to prep you for that big cookout, here are some great songs to get you in the mood.

God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

America – Neil Diamond

Independence Day – Martina McBride

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Summer Nights – Van Halen

Pink Houses – John Mellancamp

Strawberry Wine – Deanna Carter

America – Simon and Garfunkel

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue – Toby Keith

Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash

Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

Living in America – James Brown

American Girl – Tom Petty

Kids in America – Kim Wilde

Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix (Woodstock Live)

American Idiot – Green Day

American Pie – Don McLean

We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

Only in America – Brooks & Dunn

Fourth of July Vintage Postcards and Quotes

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Here is a unique way to ring in Independence Day.? We took a step back in time and found some vintage Fourth of July themed postcards to share along with some patriotic quotes.

We hope this puts you all in a very festive and celebratory mood as we take this day to remember our Independence Day.

To our forefathers, settlers, dedicated citizens across the land, this day is for you.? For the farmers, mothers, soldiers, sailors, builders, singers, poets and the dreamers, this is the day we reflect and remember all those, in the spirit of freedom, gave us a beautiful place to call home.

Happy Independence Day

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

 

"Our Glorious Fourth." Designed by G. Howard Hilder
“Our Glorious Fourth.” Designed by G. Howard Hilder

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Postcard of boy standing next to box of "Fire Works." Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912
Postcard of boy standing next to box of “Fire Works.” Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912

 

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison

 

Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath
Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath

 

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks

 

Circa 1909
Circa 1909

 

“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams

 

This "4th of July greeting" displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers
This “4th of July greeting” displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers

 

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln

 

Youth with fireworks
Youth with fireworks

 

“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis

 

Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson
Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson

 

“True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion.” – Corliss Lamont

 

Circa 1908
Circa 1908

 

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” – Susan B. Anthony

 

Hurrah 1776, July 4th
Hurrah 1776, July 4th

 

“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” – Maya Angelou

 

Sailor Boys
Sailor Boys

 

“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.” – Davy Crockett

 

Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories
Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories

 

“The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.” – Henry Cabot Lodge

 

Girl running from firecracker
Girl running from firecracker

 

“A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United States was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia.” – Mercy Otis Warren

 

Design by E. Nash
Design by E. Nash

 

“The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

 

Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle
Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle

 

Decoratively dressed for the holiday
Decoratively dressed for the holiday

 

 

 

 

Fun July 4th Facts

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Today is American Independence Day: ?The day, the United States became a free and sovereign nation. ?It is a day of BBQ, beach, beer and celebration of patriotism. ?There are also some very interesting, and not quite holiday related tidbits of information we wanted to share about this most festive of days.

July 4th Fun Facts

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne – Author of ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804
  • President Calvin Coolidge – Our 30th US President was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 4, 1872
  • American Soldier and Grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. Grant III is born July 4, 1881
  • World War II propagandist Tokyo Rose was born July 4, 1916
  • Playwright Neil Simon is celebrating his 90th birthday today – Born in the Bronx, NY on July 4, 1927
  • Iconic sports franchise owners Al Davis (Oakland Raiders) and George Steinbrenner (NY Yankees) both born on July 4
  • Also born on July 4th: ?Musician Bill Withers (1938), Basketball start Hal Lanier (1942), Ron Kovic, theme of ‘Born on the 4th of July (1946), tennis star Pam Shriver (1962) and columnist Ann Landers (1918)
  • On July 4th, 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died
  • Only July 4th, 1831, President James Monroe (5th US President), just 5 years after Adams and Jefferson, died
  • On July 4th, 1934, Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning Physicist/Chemist died of radiation poisoning
  • Barry White left us on July 4, 2003
  • The first edition of Walt Whitman ‘Leaves of Grass’ is published
  • On July 4, 1976, The Clash played their first live gig
  • Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence at aged 26 and Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at 70
  • In 1938, the Fourth of July was declared a paid US holiday
  • On July 4, 1862, Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • George Everest, whom the worlds highest mountain is named was born on July 4, 1790
  • On July 4, 1983, NY Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees won 4-0
  • Only two men, John Hancock and Charles Thompson actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
  • July 4, 1986 – The Second Farm Aid is held in Manor, Texas
  • July 4, 1999 – Victoria Adams and David Beckham wed
  • Born on July 4, 1952, John Waite known for his #1 hit ‘Missing You’