Independence Day in 1994 meant two things. One, of course, was the fourth of July, a celebration of our nation's birthday.

The other came in the form of a huge country music hit by superstar Martina McBride. And it dealt with a whole 'nother kind of independence.

Released in April, 1994 'Independence Day' became not only a major country music hit, it became something of an anthem for domestic abuse survivor's. The third single from Martina's The Way That I Am album, in the song a daughter recalls a tragic childhood incident involving her mother and domestic abuse. Ultimately the home where the abuse happened burns down and her mother gains her independence. And yes, the events in the song happened on July 4th.

Written by Gretchen Peters, the song won two Grammy's and the video scored 'Video of the Year' awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

And it won the hearts of millions around the world.

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