No Fourth of July playlist would be complete without Carrie Underwood John Russell/CMA

Who?s ready to celebrate the Fourth of July? Whether you?re chilling at home with the family, heading to the beach or lake, or heading to a citywide celebration, you?re bound to enjoy some fireworks.

If you?re creating your own fireworks display, first ? be super safe, please. And second, we?ve got a few suggestions on a country music soundtrack to make that show complete because, let?s face it, without music, fireworks are just a bunch of boom-boom-pow!

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It?s the most American holiday on the calendar, so country music?s consummate ?All American Girl,? has to be on our list. Carrie Underwood nearly perfectly personifies the 2008 hit single that she co-wrote with pals Ashley Gorley and Kelly Lovelace. Of course, we know she actually had a baby boy with husband Mike Fisher, not a baby girl, but who cares? This song is bouncy, picnic-perfect fun, and Carrie soars higher, vocally, than any bottle rocket you can buy.

When it comes to declaring independence, no one did it like Martina McBride in her mega-hit song, ?Independence Day.? And no, the song isn?t about the U.S.A. or patriotism, but it does talk about freedom and, lest we forget, our nation was founded by brave souls seeking freedom from religious persecution. And Independence Day was our country?s declaration of separation from a British Empire. Fortunately, we?re great pals with our folks across the pond now. As it should be.

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There are so many great songs celebrating America, but we only have room for just a few. Check out Erin Holt and the Rare Country?s 5 video to see what else we chose, and be sure to share your go-to Fourth of July music so we can add it to our playlist.

Again, be safe out there, enjoy your day off and Happy July Fourth, y?all!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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