Celebrate the Fourth of July with Instrumental Music

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Looking for some patriotic tunes to help you celebrate the Fourth of July? Check out our list of the best instrumental songs to get you in the spirit!


This Fourth of July, celebrate America’s birthday with some patriotic instrumental music. From classical pieces to modern interpretations, there is an abundance of music to enjoy that captures the spirit of the United States. Here are just a few examples:

“The Star-Spangled Banner”: This well-known tune, written by Francis Scott Key, is the national anthem of the United States. It has been performed by countless artists over the years, including classical musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Leopold Stokowski.

“Rhapsody in Blue”: Written by George Gershwin, this work is one of the most popular American classical compositions. It has been performed by a wide range of artists, from pianists like Leonard Bernstein to jazz musicians like Duke Ellington.

“Simple Gifts”: This Shaker tune, also known as “American Folk Song #2”, is a beloved American folk song. It has been performed by everyone from folk singer Pete Seeger to cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

“Proud To Be An American”: This country song, written by Lee Greenwood, became an instant patriotic classic when it was released in 1984. It has since been covered by a number of artists, including country music legend Garth Brooks.

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”: This well-known American anthem was written by Julia Ward Howe during the Civil War. It has been performed by a wide variety of artists over the years, from gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to rock band U2.

The Best Instrumental Songs for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate the United States of America with parades, fireworks, and barbecues. What better way to get into the patriotic spirit than by listening to some patriotic music? Here are some of the best instrumental songs to get you into the celebratory mood.

“The Star-Spangled Banner”

One of the most popular songs to play on the Fourth of July is “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This patriotic song was written by Francis Scott Key and is now the national anthem of the United States. When you hear this song, you can’t help but feel proud to be an American.

“Yankee Doodle”

“Yankee Doodle” is a well-known American song, the early versions of which date back to the time of the American Revolutionary War. It was used by both the Continental Army and the British Army during the war. The song became a de facto anthem of the United States during the 19th century and was one of the most popular patriotic songs in America during World War I. Today, it is still frequently performed on patriotic occasions in America, including Fourth of July celebrations.

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

One of the most patriotic songs ever written, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was composed by Julia Ward Howe in 1861. The song became hugely popular during the American Civil War and has remained a staple of Fourth of July celebrations ever since.

“America the Beautiful”

Sung by Ray Charles, “America the Beautiful” always brings a tear to our eye. This arrangement by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is just wonderful, with a particularly stirring brass section.


To conclude, the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America’s independence, and what better way to do that than with some beautiful patriotic instrumental music? There are many different types of patriotic songs out there, so find one that you enjoy and put it on repeat all day long!

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