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16 Performances To Celebrate The 4th Of July

Kick off your patriotic weekend with The Roots, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and more!

By Mack Caldwell

We have come a long way since the Puritans banned music, but that was back before we had things like electric guitars, André 3000, and a pretty sweet Declaration of Independence. Thanks to our good ol’ big thinking forefathers we now have summers accented by memories of deafening fireworks, fresh-baked strawberry pie, noisemakers, people blowing on blades of grass between their thumbs, spontaneous U.S.A chants, and of course, awesome live music! Boardwalks and venues overflow with red, white, and blue flip flops, tank-tops, bandanas, sunglasses, and an occasional flag-wrapped audience member, all in celebration of the States.

Other than barbecuing and reciting the Declaration of Independence in front of a mirror, my preparation for “the big holiday” consists of watching videos of some of my favorite artists performing special Fourth of July sets in my glorious air conditioned bedroom! To help you prepare for this most patriotic weekend, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite Independence Day performances. Check out Beyoncé, The Roots, The Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl jamming out with a broken leg), and even Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen doing American things like celebrating being an American in places that aren't America!