A Fourth of July to remember

Independence Day 2020

Independence Day celebrations in 2020 took on an entirely different persona than in years past. Concerns related to the global pandemic have led many people to choose to stay near their homes and many municipalities to cancel their usual annual fireworks displays. As a result, most Americans only saw what fireworks their neighbors set off, if any at all.

Happy Independence Day, from LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” from New York City, 2020

Typically, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from New York City is the nation’s largest Independence Day fireworks show. Last year, more than 50,000 pounds of fireworks were launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges on the East River. Television cameras usually capture the show from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This year, in response to widespread precautions, organizers planned something special to bring the fireworks display to the millions of people who would have been in attendance for the show any other year — They split show into smaller sections, and spread them out throughout the “neighborhoods” of Manhattan.

The full display spanned the entire week leading up to the Fourth of July, with pyrotechnics launched from different land and water-based locations each night. The presentation below encapsulates these individual performances into one 27-minute fireworks show, including the live grand finale from Saturday night.

The video below begins where the fireworks begin, but viewers can rewind to see the full two-hour event, which includes performances by musical guests and a host of interviews and commemorations.

Plus, we have added a list of popular patriotic songs often heard around this celebratory time of year. View our list of patriotic music — maybe there's a new song to add to your own playlist!

Independence Day Music, 2020

Of course, fireworks aren't the only point of Independence Day entertainment. Patriotic music also abounds. Here is a curated list of songs we have found to be popular throughout the 4th of July season. We couldn't possibly list all of the songs that were originally on our list, so we narrowed the list to these nine unanimous choices (in no particular order).

    1. This Land is Your Land, by Woodie Guthrie
    2. Back In The U.S.A., by Chuck Berry
    3. Stars and Stripes Forever, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra
    4. Hail to the Chief, performed by the United States Marine Band
    5. Living in the Promised Land, by Willie Nelson
    6. America the Beautiful, performed by Ray Charles
    7. The Promise of Living, by Aaron Copland
    8. The Fourth of July (1912), by Charles Ives
    9. The Star Spangled Banner, performed by Whitney Houston

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