Kicked around offering everything from Sousa march to Hendrix’s version of the national anthem, but figured Ray Charles’ “America the Beautiful” (as performed in 1972) would be the one choice no one could object to. Have a happy 4th!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.