Of course, the weather did not always cooperate, and some years it rained. So, when it would rain, the only fireworks we would get to see would be from the concerts aired on PBS, things like "A Capitol Fourth". And of course, those fireworks were paired with some of the most gorgeous patriotic music in the world. American anthems celebrating our great nation.
This year, for the first time in many years, we chose to not watch July 4th fireworks. A combination of gross weather and nervous dogs kept us inside. So, I was inspired to make a playlist of the patriotic music I remember from my childhood 4th of July celebrations. I dare you to listen and not feel at least some sense of pride for America.