Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle

No doubt this Fourth of July you will be somewhere and hear Yankee Doodle playing. It could be at a fireworks show, sporting event, or even in a commercial on TV.

The song is a classic that has its origins in our Revolution. According to history, the song had many derivatives before becoming the familiar tune we know today.

The term Yankee Doodle was actually an insult that British Troops would use to describe the colonists and the song itself is intended to offend. In the tune, the Yankee Doodle Dandy is an ignorant country bumpkin of low class. He sticks a feather in his cap in an attempt to appear a more fashionable and higher class citizen than his upbringing would dictate. 

However, in an awesome display of American attitude, the rebels would use this song to have the last laugh. The Revolutionary War un-officially ended when General Cornwallis' troops surrendered to American forces at Yorktown. As Cornwallis and his men marched out of their fort, they were met by Americans playing Yankee Doodle Dandy.

One can only assume that this was their way of celebrating the fact that a bunch of "bumpkins" were able to defeat the greatest military of the time. So on this Fourth of July, remember that no matter where you start, it is how you finish that matters!

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