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Happy 4th of July!!

I’m not a USA, USA, USA type, but let’s tip our hat to the 4th of July by playing a song that I can still sing to this very day.  Come, fellow people of my generation.  Let it all out.

And don’t you dare pretend that you don’t know the words/tune.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. MotherReader says:

    For years – years – my 8yr old and 11yr old girls have known the preamble because of this song. While all van-driving moms were playing Wiggles songs, we played the classics, Schoolhouse Rock.

    They are also quite adept at multiplication. “Threeeeee, it’s a magic number…”

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    Thanks Fuse, for catapulting me back into a time when I actually knew the words to this Schoolhouse Rock series. Ahhhh…I’m young again. Finally.
    This is a great day for the good ol’ USA!

  3. Mrs. Grobe says:

    I love Schoolhouse Rock. We use the part of speech songs in my Second Grade Literacy Block. I never saw this one.

  4. librarygrl says:

    Thank you! I will never forget helping my 7th grade classmates get A’s for a test reminding them about this song. It was so funny our teacher wanted to know why her students were humming while taking the test. That was in 1984. Great times!

  5. Elizabeth Fama says:

    Good memories. I love the way a white 18th-Century hand stamps the Constitution “OK” in the beginning, and an African-American hand stamps it “Right On!” at the end. I never noticed that back in the ’70s.