Fourth of July might just be my favorite holiday. It's got patriotism, fireworks, great weather (hopefully), barbecuing and a lot of other stuff I love all wrapped into one. Beat that Valentine's Day! Fourth of July makes me think of sparklers, potato salad, Budweiser, burgers...these are a few of my favorite things! In my opinion, the key to a great July Fourth party, like most other holiday parties, is music (though fireworks help too). If you have a great soundtrack, you'll have a great party. If you are going to be on the go this Independence Day, we recommend consulting our Fourth of July songlist. If you are planning your own festivities, we recommend a live band. If I have said it once, I have said it a million times: there is nothing like live music.

Here are a few Fourth of July party ideas and music suggestions:

A Symphony of Sound You probably can’t get the New York Philharmonic to play your backyard Independence Day barbecue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great string group. GigMasters has dozens of string quartets, trios and classical groups of every other instrumentation imaginable. You'll be surprised how easy it is to hire talented classical musicians to play "Stars and Stripes Forever" at your Fourth of July party and it is bound to get everyone in a patriotic spirit. Plus it will go down great with some crisp white wine (domestic, of course!)

Rockin' Good Time What is more American than Rock & Roll? Not much. No, we aren't talking about hiring Rolling Stones or Beatles cover bands. Think less British Invasion and more good ol’ Rock & Roll. GigMasters has you covered for bands who cover everything from Aerosmith to ZZ Top.

Country Strong Maybe you and your buddies think of yourselves as good ol’ boys. If that's the case you should check out our wide selection of country bands. We also have Americana and bluegrass bands if that is more your thing. Any of these bands will pair well with barbecue and beer (again, you gotta go domestic. No Heinekens today). If you are looking to go above and beyond burgers and dogs - my go to site is always AmazingRibs.com - these guys are real BBQ experts.  

Hopefully this is enough to get you started planning your own Fourth of July celebration. We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment and let us know what your plans are for this Fourth of July!