Hymns for American Independence Day (4 July)

This is a selection of hymns suitable for celebrations of American Independence Day (4 July).

The list is divided into two parts:   free-use materials that can be freely used with no concerns about copyright (because they are in the public domain), and hymns that may still be copyright depending on the laws in your country.

As always with patriotic hymns and songs, you need to consider carefully what context they are to be used in, and whether the are appropriate for your particular church or worship-service / liturgy.

About the 4th of July / Independence Day

America's Independence Day is marked on the 4th of July. It is a day for celebrating the time in 1776 when American politicians adopted the Declaration of Independence from England as the founding document of the state, Strictly speaking it, is a secular, political and community-based event, not a religious one.

However, as shown by the many patriotic American-origin hymns, many people do want to mark the day, or perhaps surrounding week, with a faith-based expression - and thus there are requests for hymns suitable for the day, especially when the 4th falls on a Sunday.

Free-use hymns

America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)

America, the Beautiful

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Judge Eternal Throned in Splendor -Holland

O Mother Dear Jerusalem
- the original text used with the common tune for America the Beautiful

Star Spangled Banner

Hymns which may still be copyright

America – Tomlin

God Bless America - Berlin

God Bless the USA – Greenwood
with “I thank my lucky stars” changed to “I thank my God above.”

This Land Is Your Land - Guthrie

This is my Song - Lloyd Stone

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