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Fourth of July festivities traditionally embrace open-air activities like barbeques and fireworks. It also includes music of all types.

Fourth of July festivities traditionally embrace open-air activities like barbeques and fireworks, thanks in no small measure to a summer observance and its accompanying warm weather. And all that outdoor recreation inevitably catalyzes citizens to loudly play prerecorded music on the Fourth — music of all types and timbres.

Below are links to several articles that explore various aspects of the relationship between music and the Fourth of July.

CNN's White House blog reported Tuesday, "Country music star Brad Paisley will headline the USO's Fourth of July concert on the South Lawn of the White House."

AOL Music decided to begin its 42-photo slideshow of musicians wearing American flag-themed clothing with images of Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler.

Grantland.com's Andy Greenwald highlighted three Spotify playlists populated by songs that feel like good fits for Fourth of July parties.

The Washington Times reminisced that July 4, 1942, marked the first Fourth of July of World War II as well as the debut performance of Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army," which raised money for the Army Emergency Relief Fund.