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What sort of events play live renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, that are preferably free for public? Sports events come to mind, but it is beginning to be late to get good tickets for cheap.

We are staying in NYC for a week in late September.

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This is surprisingly difficult to google about. –  progo Aug 19 at 18:24
    
While The Star-Spangled Banner has a long history with baseball, it has become customary to sing it before almost every major spectator sports event, certainly at the professional and collegiate levels— though not always, and not without controversy. –  choster Aug 19 at 21:56
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I have to ask... Why? –  LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 20 at 1:31
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@LessPop_MoreFizz: I like live music and I love America. (I'm a foreigner so I can say that ;-) –  progo Aug 20 at 4:05
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@CGCampbell: It's a famous song, sung practically religiously by a famously patriotic country. I can see the appeal of a foreign visitor. It's not about the art of the music, it's about experiencing part of the American culture. –  Flimzy Aug 28 at 13:54

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As you said, sporting events are usually your best bet for a guaranteed National Anthem. While they (usually) aren't free, if you're not picky about your sport, there's probably more than a few that you can get for relatively cheap.

Soccer (football) is in mid-season right now so tickets probably aren't that expensive and I know that there're at least two teams in the area (New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos).

You can also check out minor league baseball, but that will be over by the end of September.

Preseason tickets for any sport are also usually cheap. I noticed that the New York Rangers and New York Islanders will be playing that week. Basketball doesn't start until October.

Major League Baseball can be very hit or miss as far as ticket prices go at that time of year. There are almost aways some very cheap tickets available if you're willing to sit in bad seats, but that's up to you.

Beyond the professional ranks, you can always check out some younger teams. For instance, a high school football game will also play the National Anthem before the game. That's starting to get pretty far down the list of places you probably want to end up just to hear something you can get on your phone for less than $1.

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Keep in mind that many (most?) professional sporting events will use a pre-recorded instrumental national anthem, usually, but not always, with a live singer of varying quality. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 21 at 5:37
    
Soccer is a good idea. The idea is to hear it rendered live so any music/app purchase kind of doesn't cut it. –  progo Aug 21 at 17:26

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