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Celebrating July 4th and Being Proud To Be An American

July 4th porch decor

One of my favorite holidays is here…  July 4th.  I love the music, decorating the porch and wearing my patriotic shirts.

Growing up there were always, family get-togethers with… hotdogs, potato salad, homemade ice cream, watermelon, patriotic songs and of course fireworks.  After all, that’s what the 4th was all about – shooting fireworks.  The food was just a way to keep our energy up so we could shoot at each other with bottle rockets and Black Cats.

But somewhere along the line, it changed.  It wasn’t about fireworks or food or getting together with the family, or even decorating the front porch… like I still do.

July 4th should be a reminder that our freedom was not and is still NOT FREE!

july 4th - remembering Omaha Beach

It’s about honoring those who laid down their lives defending our country and the freedoms that we take for granted every day, and saying “thank you” to those who still serve that cause.

July 4th - our freedom is NOT FREE!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a “fair weather fan”… I’m a proud, dyed in the wool, flag waving, no matter what, American!

I’m the one you see running around in red, white and blue the entire 1st week of July every year.  And I’m also the one who cries every time I hear “The National Anthem”, “God Bless America”, or “Proud To Be An American”.

Hey, I can’t even get thru “A Salute To The Armed Forces” that we sing at church on the Sunday before July 4th, to honor those who’s served in the military, without tearing up.  Yep… that’s me!

In a couple of days, our Country will be celebrating it’s 242th birthday… let’s cook the hotdogs, make the potato salad, eat watermelon and homemade ice cream, while we listen to patriotic songs.  Then, when it gets dark, eat more ice cream and watch the fireworks.

There's always a July 4th picnic
July 4th tablecloth for the picnic

We’ll be getting together with the neighbors on the 4th and I’m in charge of the music.  When I was picking out the songs for my playlist, I found an interesting YouTube article.

July 4th playlists are almost exclusively traditional, patriotic country songs.

They collected data from 2015 to 2017 and identified the 10 song tracks with the largest uptick in views on July 4 compared with other days of the year.   To qualify, each song had to have, at least 1 million views a year.

july 4th - God bless the USA
July 4th - Born in the USA

The #1 spot (and my favorite!)… Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA with 24.7 times more views on July 4 as any other day of the year.  Total views as of 7/2/18 – 21,885,166.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” came in 2nd place with 23.8 times its usual views.

The top 10 tracks from 2015 to 2017, with the largest percent increase in July 4th views versus the rest of the year:

  1. Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA” (24.7x) recorded 1983
  2. Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the U.S.A.” (23.8x) recorded 1984
  3. Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” (12.9x) recorded 2002
  4. Toby Keith, “Made in America” (10.7x) recorded 2011
  5. Neil Diamond, “America”(9.3x) recorded 1980
  6. Fall Out Boy, “Fourth Of July” (8.4x) recorded 2015
  7. Toby Keith, “American Soldier” (7.8x) recorded 2003
  8. Trace Adkins, “Arlington” (7.3x) recorded 2005
  9. Alan Jackson, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” (5.8x) recorded 2001
  10. John Mellencamp, “Pink Houses” (5.3x) recorded 1983

Besides, getting the music, I’m taking my Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Salad, and a couple of watermelons.

The music is loaded, the watermelons are in the ice chests and I’ll make the salad Wednesday morning.  And of course, I’ll wear my “flag shirt”, so it’s all clean and ready to put on.

Not sure how much fireworks there’ll be… there’s no kids around and us “oldies” don’t appreciate them like we did 50+ years ago.

What do you have planned for the 4th?   Do you listen or play the patriotic songs?  Which ones?  

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Don’t care for Springsteens singing, but love Toby Keith Red, White and Blue. We got to have sparklers and a few fire crackers, but that was about all we could afford. Didn’t see any big stuff until I was in college. And I love your porch stuff.

  2. I’m like you about crying. I sing right along with Lee Greenwood’s song and by the time I get to the end, tears are streaming down.

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