As you probably know, our family likes to dance. So I’ve been trying to come up with a great playlist for the 4th that both the kids and the adults can enjoy. I love a good patriotic music marathon, but I’m looking for more upbeat BBQ music. I’ve searched high and low and haven’t found a good one, so I’m making my own. (Be warned, I do enjoy country music.) And I’d love for you to add to it with some of your holiday favs.
I tried to ensure that all the songs are PG, but I’ve asterisked a couple that may be PG-13 in case you want to check out the lyrics before letting your kids sing along.
Party in the USA- Miley Cyrus (yes, this is our family anthem)
God Bless the USA- Lee Greenwood
*American Girl- Tom Petty
Where the Green Grass Grows- Tim McGraw
*A Heart Don’t Forget- Tim McGraw
America- Neil Diamond
Firework- Katy Perry or Glee
*Born in the USA- Bruce Springsteen
R.O.C.K. in the USA- John Mellencamp
*Jack & Diane- John Mellencamp
*Little Pink Houses- John Mellencamp
Small Town- John Mellencamp
Our Country- John Mellencamp
Cherry Bomb- John Mellencamp
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynryd Skynyrd
Route 66- John Mayer
Dixieland Delight- Alabama
Born Country- Alabama
Surfin’ USA- Beach Boys
*Save Me San Francisco- Train (for my Nor Cal friends, of course)
*I Love LA- Randy Newman (for my So Cal friends, of course)
Rocky Mountain High- John Denver (for my Colorado friends, of course)
Country Roads- John Denver (yes, I love JD)
Cowboy Take Me Away- Dixie Chicks (a bit slow, but a great song)
What will you and your kids be listening to this year? Bonus points for a great lyrics website reco.
Photo from Flickr by Custom Cakes by Tracee.