Ah, the Fourth of July. Fireworks, crowds at the Mall, parades in 100 degree weather, hot dogs, sunburns...and a ton of music. It's one of the most musical major holidays - parades and marching bands are staples of our celebrations, as is enthusiastically singing patriotic songs with half-remembered lyrics. Here's a handful books of patriotic or American that will help you celebrate America's birthday in style, all with a local connection to Washington DC!
The Greatest American Songbook
This one's pretty no-frills. It's just a great collection of all the most famous patriotic songs, including all of the armed forces songs. The piano arrangements are reasonably simple, and the book also gives chords and a separate vocal line. This is a great book for a sing-along celebration.
Local connection: Includes excellent piano transcriptions of several of the most famous marches by John Philip Sousa, who was born on G St. SE in 1854, conducted the DC-based Marine Band, and is buried in the Congressional Cemetary.