Sesame Seasons

Episode 5034

Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday celebrating America's adoption of the Declaration of Independence on that day, and the subsequent break from England. The holiday is traditionally celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, patriotic pageantry, and screenings of such films as 1776. Patriotic icons such as George Washington, Uncle Sam, and the Statue of Liberty enjoy a resurgence during the holiday.


  • A Sesame Street sketch under the American Revolution banner, re-enacts the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, historically recorded as having taken place on July 4, 1776.
  • The two page story "The Fourth of July Birthday Party" from the 1981 book Sesame Seasons features Biff explaining the holiday to Sully as being just another birthday party, only bigger. On the next page, the Count celebrates in a traditional manner by counting fireworks. As one of many spectacles, Grover Knover jumps barrels on the 4th.
  • A 2008 online video entitled "Stars & Stripes FOREVER!" was posted on YouTube in time for the holiday and featured a typical Muppet rendition of the familiar Sousa march.
  • A 2017 video begins with Sam the Eagle hoping to present an inspiring, patriotic and tasteful tribute honoring the United States, but he assumes the worst, until Janice, Floyd, and Walter perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" without a hitch. Sam is so touched that he runs off crying, Walter, Janice and Floyd assume he didn't like it. (YouTube)

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