When is the last time you sang America The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle Dandy, or Grand Old Flag? Dust off your singing voice and let’s get ready for the Fourth of July!
I know what you are thinking, why in the world would I sing these patriotic songs by myself? Let alone in public?
Because it’s fun!
Every year I attend an awesome Fourth of July party. Everything about the celebration is quintessentially American. I’m talking lush, green lawns, red checkered table cloths, fried chicken, roasted veggies and of course, lots and lots of desserts!
However, there is one thing that makes this party truly special (or nerve wrecking, depending on how you feel about singing). Every year, like clockwork, the second the fireworks end, the hostess insists on having a sing-a-long and everyone must stand up and sing along.
Here’s the thing, I can’t sing. And every year as the fireworks start, I begin to worry. And every year, as America The Beautiful starts to play, my nerves ease up.
As dreadful as a sing-a-long sounds, it’s actually a lot of fun! Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I tear up a bit when I sing This Land is My Land, it just makes me feel very appreciative for the country we live in.
I am happy to be an American.
So, brush off your old song books, warm up your voice and get ready to start a new tradition!
1. America the Beautiful
“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!”
2. Yankee Doodle Dandy
“Stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.”
3. Grand Old Flag
“You’re a grand ‘ole flag
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave”
4. This Land is Your Land
“This land is your land
This land is my land”
5. God Bless America
“God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;”
Find these and many more patriotic songs in printable form from Freedom’s Feast.