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Presidential Fourth of July Recordings 1920-2021

Marked with summer tradition, many celebrate July 4th with fireworks, but politicians use the holiday to address the the public.

Presidential Fourth of July

34 old time radio show recordings
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On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence for the thirteen American colonies from King George, III, the monarch of Britain declaring that they were no longer subjects or subordinates to him.  But, because that independence was not declared until July 4, 1776, that is why our American Independence Day is affectionately known as the Fourth of July.

Over time, the Fourth became associated with fireworks and anything else celebrating Americana.  The Fourth is a celebration in public and private of our history, government, and the traditions of the United States. In short, the Fourth of July is the national day of the United States.

Politicians and especially presidents tend to exploit this holiday for their political gain; especially in election years.  The best case in point would be on July 2, 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson invoked the Fourth of July when signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Three Founding Fathers; two of whom signed the Declaration of Independence died on July 4: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826 and James Monroe on July 4, 1831.  The only president to be born on July 4 was Calvin Coolidge in 1872. 

In 1870, Congress made July 4 an unpaid holiday for federal employees and by 1938, Congress changed July 4 as a paid federal holiday.  

The Fourth of July is a holiday marked with summer traditions.  New England used to on the night before the Fourth build towering pyramids made of barrels and casks.  This was such a big deal that this practice became a competition among towns.  Once nightfall starts, these pyramids are lit to usher in the celebration.  Salem, Massachusetts holds the record for the highest pyramid composed of forty tiers of barrels making them the tallest bonfires ever recorded.  This tradition is still practiced in some New England towns today.

The most popular tradition is of course, fireworks accompanied by patriotic songs like the National Anthem, God Bless America, America the Beautiful, and regionally in the north; Yankee Doodle and in the south; Dixie.

Culinary traditions are also taken into account on the Fourth.  New England and the Atlantic region will have clam bake, lobster bake, lobster rolls, and crab cakes.  In the south, your family picnic will consist of banana pudding, hush puppies, barbecue brisket, and collard greens.  Then there are the traditional hamburgers, barbecue chicken, barbecue ribs, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, grilled sausage, and Buffalo wings.  Don’t forget that cold beverage of lemonade, sweet tea, iced tea, and beer.  Then top it all off with funnel cake, peach cobbler, and cherry cheesecake.

In his letter dated July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail about American independence..."The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America.  I am apt to believe that it be be celebrated succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." 

In 1995, there was a Rob Reiner movie titled THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT starring Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepard.  Richard Dreyfus who portrayed Senate Minority Leader and potential Republican Presidential Frontrunner, Robert Rumson, R-Kansas was making Shepard’s girlfriend; Sidney Ellen Wayde, played by Annette Benning burning an American flag outside the Department of Commerce fifteen years before President Shepard and Ms. Wade met.  Rumson was using that event to sell fear to the voters for the upcoming election.

Towards the end of the movie, Douglas' character gave a moving speech.  "America isn’t easy.   America is advanced citizenship.  You’ve got to want it bad because it’s gonna put up a fight.  It’s gonna say, 'You want free speech?' Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.  You want to claim this land as the land of the free?  Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag.  The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest.  Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms, then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free."

That statement from THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT should sum up not only what the Fourth of July is but what our responsibilities as an American are too.  It is why we celebrate and why this collection has been created.

See also: Old Time Radio Celebrates Fourth of July Collection.

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      34 shows - total playtime 14 hours 1 minutes
      1. 19200704 Calvin Coolidge Equal Rights.mp3
      2. 19410704 Franklin D Roosevelt Fourth of July Address.mp3
      3. 19570704 John F Kennedy Recites Declaration Independence.mp3
      4. 19620704 John F Kennedy Speech at Independence Hall.mp3
      5. 19640702 Lyndon B Johnson Signing Civil Rights Act 1964.mp3
      6. 19760704 Gerald Ford Bicentennial Celebration.mp3
      7. 19820704 Ronald Reagan Intro Astrnt T.Mattingly H.Hartsfield.mp3
      8. 19830702 Ronald Reagan I Love Fourth of July.mp3
      9. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Daytona International Speedway.mp3
      10. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Spirit of America.mp3
      11. 19860703 Ronald Reagan Statue of Liberty Celebration.mp3
      12. 19860704 Ronald Reagan Address Nation Independence Day.mp3
      13. 19910704 George HW Bush Springfield MO.mp3
      14. 19910704 George W Bush Independence Hall.mp3
      15. 19950706 Bill Clinton Responsible Citizenship Am Community.mp3
      16. 19960704 Bill Clinton Goose Creek Bridge Maryland.mp3
      17. 19960704 Bill Clinton Youngstown Ohio 200 Year Anniversary.mp3
      18. 20000704 Bill Clinton OpSail 2000.mp3
      19. 20020704 George W Bush Ripley West Virginia Speech.mp3
      20. 20080704 George W Bush Monticello Speech.mp3
      21. 20090703 Barak Obama Overcoming Americas Challenges.mp3
      22. 20090704 Barak Obama Honors Military Heroes Their Families.mp3
      23. 20100704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      24. 20110704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      25. 20120704 Barak Obama Naturalization Active Duty Service Mbrs.mp3
      26. 20120704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      27. 20140704 Barak Obama Naturalization Service Members Spouses.mp3
      28. 20170704 Donald Trump Military Families Picnic.mp3
      29. 20180704 Donald Trump July 4th Message.mp3
      30. 20190704 Donald Trump Salute to America.mp3
      31. 20190704 Joe Biden UAW Headquarters Waterloo IA.mp3
      32. 20200704 Joe Biden Wishing United States Happy 4th of July.mp3
      33. 20210702 Joe Biden Naturalization Ceremony.mp3
      34. 20210704 Joe Biden Americas Back Together.mp3
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      34 shows - total playtime 14 hours 1 minutes
      1. 19200704 Calvin Coolidge Equal Rights.mp3
      2. 19410704 Franklin D Roosevelt Fourth of July Address.mp3
      3. 19570704 John F Kennedy Recites Declaration Independence.mp3
      4. 19620704 John F Kennedy Speech at Independence Hall.mp3
      5. 19640702 Lyndon B Johnson Signing Civil Rights Act 1964.mp3
      6. 19760704 Gerald Ford Bicentennial Celebration.mp3
      7. 19820704 Ronald Reagan Intro Astrnt T.Mattingly H.Hartsfield.mp3
      8. 19830702 Ronald Reagan I Love Fourth of July.mp3
      9. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Daytona International Speedway.mp3
      10. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Spirit of America.mp3
      11. 19860703 Ronald Reagan Statue of Liberty Celebration.mp3
      12. 19860704 Ronald Reagan Address Nation Independence Day.mp3
      13. 19910704 George HW Bush Springfield MO.mp3
      14. 19910704 George W Bush Independence Hall.mp3
      15. 19950706 Bill Clinton Responsible Citizenship Am Community.mp3
      16. 19960704 Bill Clinton Goose Creek Bridge Maryland.mp3
      17. 19960704 Bill Clinton Youngstown Ohio 200 Year Anniversary.mp3
      18. 20000704 Bill Clinton OpSail 2000.mp3
      19. 20020704 George W Bush Ripley West Virginia Speech.mp3
      20. 20080704 George W Bush Monticello Speech.mp3
      21. 20090703 Barak Obama Overcoming Americas Challenges.mp3
      22. 20090704 Barak Obama Honors Military Heroes Their Families.mp3
      23. 20100704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      24. 20110704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      25. 20120704 Barak Obama Naturalization Active Duty Service Mbrs.mp3
      26. 20120704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families.mp3
      27. 20140704 Barak Obama Naturalization Service Members Spouses.mp3
      28. 20170704 Donald Trump Military Families Picnic.mp3
      29. 20180704 Donald Trump July 4th Message.mp3
      30. 20190704 Donald Trump Salute to America.mp3
      31. 20190704 Joe Biden UAW Headquarters Waterloo IA.mp3
      32. 20200704 Joe Biden Wishing United States Happy 4th of July.mp3
      33. 20210702 Joe Biden Naturalization Ceremony.mp3
      34. 20210704 Joe Biden Americas Back Together.mp3
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    34 recordings on 11 Audio CDs. Total playtime 10 hours, 14 min
    34 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 14 min

    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A001

    1. 19200704 Calvin Coolidge Equal Rights
    2. 19410704 Franklin D Roosevelt Fourth of July Address
    3. 19570704 John F Kennedy Recites Declaration Independence
    4. 19620704 John F Kennedy Speech at Independence Hall
    5. 19640702 Lyndon B Johnson Signing Civil Rights Act 1964

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A002

    1. 19760704 Gerald Ford Bicentennial Celebration
    2. 19820704 Ronald Reagan Intro Astrnt T.Mattingly H.Hartsfield
    3. 19830702 Ronald Reagan I Love Fourth of July
    4. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Daytona International Speedway

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A003

    1. 19840704 Ronald Reagan Spirit of America

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A004

    1. 19860703 Ronald Reagan Statue of Liberty Celebration

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A005

    1. 19860704 Ronald Reagan Address Nation Independence Day
    2. 19910704 George HW Bush Springfield MO

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A006

    1. 19950706 Bill Clinton Responsible Citizenship Am Community

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A007

    1. 19960704 Bill Clinton Goose Creek Bridge Maryland
    2. 19960704 Bill Clinton Youngstown Ohio 200 Year Anniversary

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A008

    1. 20140704 Barak Obama Naturalization Service Members Spouses
    2. 20170704 Donald Trump Military Families Picnic
    3. 20180704 Donald Trump July 4th Message
    4. 20190704 Donald Trump Salute to America

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A009

    1. 20190704 Joe Biden UAW Headquarters Waterloo IA
    2. 20200704 Joe Biden Wishing United States Happy 4th of July

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A010

    1. 20210702 Joe Biden Naturalization Ceremony
    2. 20210704 Joe Biden Americas Back Together
    3. 20020704 George W Bush Ripley West Virginia Speech

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    Presidential Fourth of July Disc A011

    1. 20080704 George W Bush Monticello Speech
    2. 20090703 Barak Obama Overcoming Americas Challenges
    3. 20090704 Barak Obama Honors Military Heroes Their Families
    4. 20100704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families
    5. 20110704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families
    6. 20120704 Barak Obama Naturalization Active Duty Service Mbrs
    7. 20120704 Barak Obama Speaks With Military Families

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