Words by Baptist minister Samuel Francis Smith set to Britain's "God Save The Queen." First performed July 4, 1831 at Boston's Park Street Church. One of a handful of "unofficial" American National Anthems.
Words by Wellesley College English professor Katharine Lee Bates, originally entitled "Pike's Peak" in response to an inspiring trip West by the author. Officially set to Samuel A. Ward's melody in 1910 as "America The Beautiful," yet another magnificent "unofficial" American National Anthem.
Our oath of loyalty to the United States, composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892, revised for the final time in 1954 when the words "under God" were added. The Pledge is customarily recited by citizens holding their right hands over their hearts facing the flag. Non-uniform headgear is removed and held against the left shoulder while uniformed personnel offer the military salute.
Words by Francis Scott Key, 1814, music by John Stafford Smith based on an old British hymn, "Anacreon." America's official national anthem since 1931.
Words & Music by John Phillip Sousa, first performed May 14, 1897 at Willow Grove Park in suburban Philadelphia. Perhaps the March King's most famous march.
Both signature tunes, words & music, for & by George M. Cohan (1878-1942), the singing/dancing/writing/directing/flag-waving stage star of early 20th century America. Actually, born on July 3rd, Cohan's most enduring legacy is the timeless Hollywood film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney.