Celebrate the Fourth of July with our 4-hour, patriotic classical playlist

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Two Fourth of July celebration traditions: a sparkler and an American flag. Stephanie McCabe/Unsplash
3hr 56min : Playlist: Celebrate the Fourth of July!

Looking for a patriotic soundtrack for your Fourth of July celebration? We've programmed a 4-hour playlist of classical and Americana music to go with whatever you're doing on Independence Day. Cooking out? Hitting the lake? Watching fireworks? Our expertly chosen selections go with every activity.

Just click the player above to help you and yours wish America a musical happy birthday!

Playlist

0:00:00
The Star-Spangled Banner
John Stafford Smith
Boston Pops Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Keith Lockhart

0:02:05
West Side Story Suite: America
Leonard Bernstein
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

0:04:48
The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass: Gloria
Carol Barnett
VocalEssence; Philip Brunelle

0:07:40
1B
Edgar Meyer
Yo-Yo Ma; Mark O'Connor; Edgar Meyer

0:11:38
The Entertainer
Scott Joplin
William Albright

0:15:41
The Liberty Bell
John Philip Sousa
Eastman Wind Ensemble; Frederick Fennell

0:19:06
Pops Hoedown
Medley
Boston Pops Orchestra; Arthur Fiedler

0:25:35
Rodeo: Hoe-Down
Aaron Copland
London Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland

0:29:04
Columbia (Caprice Americain)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Philip Martin

0:34:55
Porgy and Bess: Summertime
George Gershwin
Orchestra of St. Luke's; Andre Previn; Kathleen Battle

0:37:30
Ashokan Farewell
Jay Ungar
Nashville Chamber Orchestra; Paul Gambill

0:42:35
String Quartet No. 12 'American': 4th Movement
Antonin Dvorak
Cleveland Quartet

0:47:34
Candide: Overture
Leonard Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein

0:52:01
Suite: Allegro
Randall Thompson
Peter Christ; David Atkins; Alan de Veritch

0:53:25
America the Beautiful
Samuel Ward/Katherine Bates
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Charles Gerhardt; Leontyne Price

0:56:58
Variations on America
Charles Ives
New York Philharmonic; Kurt Masur

1:03:49
New Medley Overture
James Hewitt
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla; Patrick Gallois

1:16:09
Yankee Doodle Rondo
Benjamin Carr
Noel Lester

1:18:28
God Bless America
Irving Berlin
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Michael May Festival Chorus; Erich Kunzel

1:20:30
Symphony No.2 'Romantic': Finale
Howard Hanson
Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz

1:27:36
Sunburst
Andrew York
Jason Vieaux

1:31:52
Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Joyce DiDonato; Antonia Pappano

1:36:47
Attaboy
Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile/Stuart Duncan
Yo-Yo Ma; Stuart Duncan; Chris Thile; Edgar Meyer

1:42:28
Symphony No. 3 'The Camp Meeting': Children's Day
Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot

1:49:14
Concerto for Clarinet: 2nd Movement
William Bolcom
Lancaster Festival Orchestra; Gary Sheldon; Richard Stoltzman

1:56:50
Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn

2:10:35
American Salute (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Morton Gould
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Erich Kunzel

2:14:52
Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin

2:17:55
Folk Suite No. 4
William Grant Still
Sierra Winds

2:22:55
This Is My Country
Raye/Jacobs
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

2:26:46
Bright Blue Music
Michael Torke
Baltimore Symphony Orhcestra; David Zinman

2:35:50
F.C.'s Jig
Mark O'Connor
Mark O'Connor; Yo-Yo Ma; Edgar Meyer

2:39:04
Bugler's Holiday
Leroy Anderson
Philharmonia Orchestra; Charles Groves

2:41:30
Medley of Songs
George M. Cohan
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Erich Kunzel

2:45:48
Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Ferde Grofe
Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz

2:53:05
Sound the Bells!
John Williams
Recording Arts Orchestra; John Williams

2:55:51
Suite: Gaio
Randall Thompson
Peter Christ; David Atkins; Alan de Veritch

2:57:54
Adagio for Strings
Samuel Barber
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman

3:06:35
Old American Songs
Aaron Copland
English Chamber Orchestra; Carl Davis; Marilyn Horne

3:18:51
Symphony No.1 'Afro-American': 3rd Movement
William Grant Still
Chicago Sinfonietta; Paul Freeman

3:22:08
Washington Post March
John Philip Sousa
Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams

3:24:43
Piano Concerto: 3rd Movement
George Gershwin
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle; Peter Donahue

3:31:25
West Side Story: Medley
Leonard Bernstein
Boston Pops Orchestra; Arthur Fiedler

3:40:15
Festival Overture
Dudley Buck
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin

3:46:24
American Beauty Rag
Joseph Lamb
Richard Dowling

3:50:31
Oh Susanna
Stephen Foster
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers; Philip Brunelle; Charles Kemper; Clint Hoover; Bobby Stanton; Joan Griffith; Silvester Vicic; Dave Hagedorn; Greg Hippen

3:52:35
The Stars and Stripes Forever
John Philip Sousa
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin