March 20, 2023

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been the national anthem for the United States ever since it was written by then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key, who penned it after he watched Fort McHenry be invaded by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812

Key later said that he was inspired to write the song by a large American flag featuring 15 stars and 15 stripes flying triumphantly above the fort after the United States emerged victorious from the battle. Ever since then, the song has become a rite of passage for Americans, who learn the lyrics and proudly sing the song.

In the video below, you’ll see a father sing the national anthem to his baby. The baby has the most adorable reaction possible, as he is completely fixated by his dad’s song!

“Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,” the dad sings. “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and brights stars through the perilous fight. O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?”

As the father continues to sing, the baby gently pats the highchair tray and tries his best to sing along.

The louder the dad sings, the louder and more excited the baby gets as well! The father continues, “And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

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