Sara’s July 4th playlist: Red, White and Blue, I Love You

Today’s guest post is from military wife, mother and Easter Seals Dixon Center administrative coordinator extraordinaire, Sara Heidenheimer, who has previously written about military relationships for

Red, White and Blue, I Love You

By Sara Heidenheimer

I’m that patriotic person you see in the parking lot with an American flag on her car.  The one who always decorates for Flag Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and, of course, July 4th.  It’s one of my favorite holidays –– a big party celebrating how our country began.

Even better, it’s one day that I can be super patriotic and no one stares at me.

I think growing up in Texas had a lot to do with my strong sense of country (both our nation and music!).  We Texans are not only very proud of our state, we’re also very proud of our country.  And, both JG’s (my husband) and my grandpas served in the military, so we’ve always been aware of what’s been given up for us.

Me and my son, and my patriotic hair accessory

This is going to be my first year in Washington, DC, for the 4th, which is super exciting because this is where it all began. (Well, I guess that honor could go to Boston or Philadelphia, but I think DC overrides them because it’s where the President lives.) If I’m lucky enough to get tickets to the rooftop of the Easter Seals Dixon Center building, we’ll be up there cheering away with our flags and red, white and blue t-shirts. If we don’t get tickets, we’ll brave the crowds on The Mall. We’re not going to live here forever, so I really want to share this cool experience, watching the fireworks go off next to the Washington Memorial, with my family.

Busting these out for the 4th

I also want to share a little bit of my favorite holiday with you, so I’ve created a special July 4th playlist. We’ll be listening as we drive into DC for the fireworks…hope you’ll sing along with us, too. And please share your playlist picks in the Comments section below!

Sara’s July 4th Playlist:

  • Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin
  • Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue – Toby Keith
  • Only in America – Brooks and Dunn
  • God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
  • God Bless America – U.S. Navy Band
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever – U.S. Navy Band
  • Born in the U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen
  • Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston (I get chills every time I hear this, especially when it is sung well.)
  • America, the Beautiful – Ray Charles
  • R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A– John Mellencamp

What’s on your July 4th playlist? Tell us in the comments below!


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  1. Jackie Says:

    I agree. Coming to America is a patriotic classic. But, hey, if it’s not your taste…. One of the great things about America is all of our different opinions and voices…even if they don’t include Neil. 😉

  2. Marie Manning Says:

    How could you miss Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America”? One of the most patriotic songs of all time! A well-done list otherwise and I love that there are patriotic people like you out there. Happy 4th.

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