During his lifetime, Louis Armstrong always said that he’d been born on July 4th, 1900. It became part of his legend and somehow always seemed appropriate for someone who was arguably the most important figure in the history of jazz, America’s music. It wasn’t until more than a decade after his 1971 death that his real birth date was discovered — August 4th, 1901.
I’m not going to tackle Satchmo’s biography, which would be a monumental task and is already available from a zillion sources. I’m just going to wish him a Happy Un-Birthday and provide some music to celebrate his life.
As for the birthday of America, apparently holiday fireworks have been banned in a lot of areas because of lack of rain, so I’m including below a video of some aerial displays. It’s not quite as visually spectacular as some, but it’s still pretty good — and the music is nice.