10 Country Stars Share Their Favorite Fourth of July Memories

Country’s biggest stars are looking forward to a fun-filled Fourth of July…just like us! And before they kick off this year’s patriotic celebrations, they’re looking back on their favorite memories from the Fourth.

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker; Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Darius Rucker

“I love fireworks. We had the bottle rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

Russell Dickerson

Russell Dickerson; Photo courtesy Triple Tigers Records

Russell Dickerson

“For the Fourth of July, when my wife’s parents lived in Wisconsin, we would go to Home Depot and get plastic tarps and build a 200-foot Slip-n-Slide down the giant hill in their back yard. I obviously hold the Slip-n-Slide distance record.”

Hillary Scott; Photo courtesy the Greenroom PR

Hillary Scott, Lady Antebellum

“For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July second up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me…getting a rock on my hand!”

Brett Eldredge; Photo credit: Michele Laurita

Brett Eldredge

“Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. The nostalgia and the feeling I get when that day comes around–I’m a very patriotic guy as it is, so I think it’s just really pretty amazing day. I grew up on a lake, so Fourth of Julys for me growing up were tons of boats on this little tiny lake in Paris, Illinois. I’d be water skiing, knee boarding, jet skiing, shooting off fireworks in dangerous ways that I shouldn’t have. Just being a kid. Those are the best times of your life for finding out who you are.”

Billy Currington; Photo by Joseph Llanes

Billy Currington

“My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year, and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times–some of the best times of my life.”

Maddie & Tae; Photo courtesy Universal Music Group

Maddie & Tae

Tae: “One of my favorite Fourth of July traditions–I’d say it’s a tradition ‘cause it happens every year, but I’m not always able to make it–is that we go to my grandparents in Oklahoma, and we all line up lawn chairs right in front of their garage and we just light fireworks. We always do it far away and then we light it, and we always run back and watch the fireworks, but that’s probably one of my favorite memories.”

Maddie: “My birthday is July seventh, so I always get built-in fireworks for my birthday, and sometimes we actually celebrate it on the Fourth, because there’s fireworks everywhere, so it’s perfect.”

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan; Photo courtesy Capitol Nashville

Luke Bryan

“Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks, and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

Smithfield

Smithfield; Photo courtesy: Smithfield

Smithfield

“Our favorite Fourth of July tradition was when our families would both get together, cook out on the grill, drink and sit by the pool, and of course shoot fireworks at the end of the night.”

Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope; Photo credit: Ashley Hylbert

Cassadee Pope

“Growing up in Florida, we would always go to Ft. Lauderdale and we would all get a hotel and go to the beach and watch the fireworks. It has become a tradition. We’re not doing it this year, but we [also] used to go to Vandergrift, PA, which is where my mom’s side is from, and we would grill out and have a barbecue. All the neighbors would come down to the house and everything. So, it’s kind of switched over the years, but I love spending it on a beach. That’s the best.”

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Sam Hunt

“My granddad on the other side of my family, he would always take a lot of pride…fireworks were actually, I’m from Georgia, and most of them were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But he would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff, and coming back with a big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30-45 minutes. Such a good time.”