The Star Spangled Banner - The National Anthem of the United States of America

  • Click on the flag to listen to 9 year-old Coco Jones

    sing the Star Spangled Banner

    The Star Spangled Banner – Story

    The Star Spangled Banner is the National Anthem of the United States of America. An anthem is a song that brings people together for a cause. Our anthem helps us remember the struggles of all the people who helped us win and keep our independence.

    The lyrics of the anthem were composed by Francis Scott Key after he saw the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the War of 1812.

    The “Star Spangled Banner” is a nickname for our nation’s flag. Fifty white stars on a blue background represent the fifty states. The seven red and six white stripes represent the thirteen original colonies.

    The Star Spangled Banner - Lyrics

    Oh say can you see
    By the dawn's early light
    What so proudly we hailed
    At the twilight's last gleaming

    Who's broad stripes and bright stars
    Through the perilous fight
    O'er the ramparts we watched
    Were so gallantly streaming

    And the rockets' red glare
    The bombs bursting in air
    Gave proof through the night
    That our flag was still there

    Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave?
    O'er the land of the free
    and the home of the brave.