Happy Independence Day From Outside The Beltway!

In the spirit of the holiday, it's time to eat to excess, drink adult beverages, and blow stuff up..

Happy Independence Day from Outside The Beltway! Rather than something political, I’ll follow last year’s lead and just leave you with some music.

First, there’s one that expresses sentiments that are starkly missing in the country today, sung as only Frank Sinatra can sing it, This particular version, appropriately enough, comes from a concert at the White House in April 1973 backed by the Marine Band:

And here’s a second version from about a year later at Madison Square Garden:

And next, there’s “America The Beautiful,” which has never sounded better than it did when it came from the music of the blind descendent of former slaves who grew up in the Jim Crow Era himself:

And, of course, the National Anthem:

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Teve says:

    Speaking of adult beverages, Malia Obama, born July 4, 1998, is 21 today.

    Tear it up, girl! 🙂 😀 😛

  2. Sleeping Dog says:

    And an enjoyable holiday to you as well, Doug.

  3. al Ameda says:

    Wishing peace and good health to the OTB Landlords and to OTB tenants.
    Be well.

  4. Mister Bluster says:

    Dateline: July 4th, 2019 Coney Island, NewYork
    Joey Chestnut, who eats 71 hot dogs, Miki Sudo claim Nathan’s titles!

  5. Ol Nat says:

    Cheers! Thank you for your thoughts and tireless critique!

  6. Barry says:

    I hope that everybody had a great 4th of July!