American Independence Day is celebrated on the Fourth of July, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Fireworks are traditional on this day. The Declaration contains the stirring words: "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."
[suggested by Joe Colvin] Flatt & Scruggs-This Land Is Your Land (Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs 1959-63, Vol 3) Ronnie McCoury -This Land Is Your Land (Little Mo' McCoury) The Osborne Brothers-America The Beautiful (When Roses Bloom In Dixieland) Raymond Fairchild-Under The Double Eagle (31 Banjo Favorites) The Country Gentlemen-Battle Hymn Of the Republic (The Early Rebel recordings, Disk One) Jim & Jesse-Thank God For the USA (American Pride) The Isaacs-Star Spangled Banner (A Cap) (Eye Of the Storm) Nashville Bluegrass Band -The New Democracy (inst) (Home of Blues) John Prine\ The Great Compromise\ Great Days\ Rhino W.B. Reid & Bonnie Zahnow\ Fourth Of July At The County Fair\ Poca River Blues\ Self Simon & Garfunkel\ America\ Bookends [played 2007] Karen Mal\ When I Was Three\ The Space Between\ Waterbug Norman & Nancy Blake\ Star Spangled Banner\ Back Home in Sulphur Springs\ Western Jubilee Bill Tapia\ Stars and Stripes Forever / Sweethearts on Parade\ Topical Swing\ Moonroom Woody Guthrie\ This Land is Your Land\ Greatest Songs, Vol. 1\ Vanguard [other songs] Richard Shindell: Fourth of July, Asbury Park Richard Shindell: Born in the U.S.A. "Freedom: Songs From The Heart Of America," Various Artists [Columbia, 2002] Wailin' Jennys: Firecracker David Francey\ Fourth of July\ The Waking Hour\ Jericho Beach Phil & Vivian Williams\ Yankee Doodle\ Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis and Clark Era\ Voyager Bill Tapia\ Stars and Stripes Forever / Sweethearts on Parade\ Tropical Swing\ Moonroom "American Favorite Ballads, Volume I," Pete Seeger "Yankee Doodle" "America The Beautiful" Dave Alvin - Fourth of July (King of California) Phil Ochs - The Power and the Glory (Farewells and Fantasies) Guy Van Duser - The Stars and Stripes Forever (Finger-Style Guitar Solos) John Prine - Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore Nanci Griffith - Roses on the Fourth of July Don Conoscenti - 4th of July Tom Paxton - Born on the 4th of July Richard Shindell - Fourth of July, Asbury Park Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle / All Under The Sun / Here's To Tom Paine Iris Dement - Wasteland of the Free Burns Sisters - I Am A Patriot (Close to Home) "Star Spangled Banner" by Pat Donohue from "American Guitar" "American Tune" by Simon and Garfunkel, covered by Eva Cassidy, Indigo Girls The following are from Jean Brendecke's playlist of July 4, 2001: Peter, Paul & Mary \ Freedom Medley \ Lifelines Live Josh White \ Freedom Road \ American Roots Collection Pete Seeger \ Oh Freedom! \ Barbara Lamb & Vivian Williams \ Fourth of July \ Twin Sisters Washington Sisters \ How Do You Feel About Freedom \ (also Fourth of July) Rev. Ben Gay \ I Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Freedom \ Sweet Honey In the Rock \ Step By Step \ Where Have All the Flowers Gone Studs Terkel \ Blessed Be the Nation \ Where Have All the Flowers Gone Byron Berline \ Liberty \ Double Trouble Red Clay Ramblers \ Fourth of July at a Country Fair \ Chuckin' the Frizz Mark O'Connor \ Song of the Liberty Bell \ Liberty! Soundtrack Mark O'Connor & James Taylor \ Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier \ Liberty! Soundtrack Mark O'Connor \ The World Turned Upside Down \ Liberty! Soundtrack Mark O'Connor & Yo Yo Ma \ Song of the Liberty Bell \ Liberty! Soundtrack Mark O'Connor \ Bunker Hill \ Liberty! Soundtrack Mark O'Connor \ Soldier's Joy \ Liberty! Soundtrack Pete Seeger \ Yankee Doodle \ American Folk, Games & Activity Songs Alasdair Fraser \ Independence Trail/Galen's Arrival \ Dawn Dance Carter Family \ Yankee Doodle \ On Border Radio, vol. 2 Pete Seeger \ Declaration of Independence \ Jane Fricke \ Independence Day \ Jane Fricke Kathy Kallick \ Red Shirt \ Matters of the Heart Howard Marshall \ Stars and Stripes Waltz \ Fiddling Missouri Pete Seeger & Frank Hamilton \ Battle of New Orleans \ Nonesuch & Other Folk Tunes John Traney \ Thomas Jefferson on the Stand \ from CBC's The Investigator Songs of the Working People \ Free Amerikay/Jefferson & Liberty \ Songs of the Working People from the American Revolution to the Civil War Alan Munde \ Liberty \ Festival Favorites Revisited John McEuen \ Stars and Stripes Forever \ String Wizards James Bryan & Carl Jones \ Camp Meeting on the 4th of July/Jimalong Josie \ Two Pictures Old Bethpage Brass Band \ Yankee Doodle \ Civil War Soundtrack Old Bethpage Brass Band \ Parade \ Civil War Soundtrack Czechoslovak Brass Band \ The Liberty Bell \ Marches By John Philip Sousa
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