George Strait Wishes Fans ‘Happy Independence Day’ With Classic Smiling Snap

by Samantha Whidden

Country legend George Strait celebrated the 4th of July with a classic smiling photograph through his Instagram account.

“Happy Independence Day from George Strait!” The singer wrote in the photo’s caption. 

George Strait has shared his love for the U.S. over the years through his music. In 1993, he released his hit single, “Heartland.” The song features its narrator singing about the “heartland of America” with its chorus, “Sing a song about the Heartland/ The only place I feel at home/ Sing about the way a good man/ Works until the daylight’s gone.”

George Strait’s “Heartland” made its debut on the Hot Country Singles & Track chart at number 73 and spent 20 weeks on that chart. It reached number 1 on March 20, 1993. 

According to Taste of Country, George was also served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks, which is located in Oahu, Hawaii, as part of the 25th Infantry Division. George performed with the Army-sponsored band “Rambling Country” as well. 

George Strait Bonds With Fellow Country Star Eric Church 

During his recent chat with Zane Lowe for At Home With on Apple Music, fellow country singer Eric Church reveals he formed a bond with George Strait over James Brown during the country music legend’s farewell tour in 2014. “I played his final tour,” Church recalls during the interview. “It was unbelievable. We played Texas Stadium [and] that was his last show.” 

Eric also shares how he and George bonded over playing James Brown songs on the tour bus. “So [George] puts on some James Brown. Next thing I know, George Strait is tearing down in the middle of the bus. I’m watching George Strait dance in gold-toe socks to James Brown.” George notably told Eric that “it doesn’t get better than this. This is the best I’ve seen.” Church describes the moment as “one of the coolest damned things” he’s ever seen. 

George Is Set to Return to the Stage & Latest Music Project

Although he held his farewell tour in 2014, George Strait is still performing on stage. The country singer will be performing on August 13th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He will also take the stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival from October 8th through October 10th and the U.S. Bank Stadium.

George’s concert-only performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo quickly sold out last month. Reportedly around 53,000 of Strait’s fans took over the concert’s website and bought up all the events tickets within 10 minutes. The performance will be held on March 20, 2022.

Along with preparing for his upcoming shows, George Strait recently released his latest music project, which is dedicated to emergency responders. “For those of you who carry the weight of the badges, George put together a compilation of songs to celebrate and honor your hard work and sacrifice.”