Local resident Isa Peña has been the 4th of July Parade National Anthem singer for years. She recently received a Congressional Award from Congresswoman Donna Shalala for “outstanding high school senior in Miami-Dade County” and a Miami Herald Silver Knight Honorable Mention. She is off to Boston in the fall with a dual enrollment at Harvard University and Berklee School of Music. Mom, Barbara, said this may be her last year singing as summer plans could involve internships and travel.
“I still remember going to the parade with my family when I was very young, and dressing up in all the craziest red white and blue outfits that I could find.
It’s always been such a great time for the community of Key Biscayne to come together and celebrate what being an American means.
The first time I sang the National Anthem at the parade, I was only twelve years old. When I first sang it, I was really worried about forgetting the lyrics or messing up. However, since the first time I sang at the parade, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of singing the Anthem for the Miami Marlins, Heat, Dolphins, and Hurricanes. I still always find myself getting a little nervous singing at the parade, because I’m singing for people I’ve known my whole life, but it’s always a really fun and rewarding day.
I feel like the National Anthem is a song that can bring the American people together without focusing on political parties or on what side of the aisle they're sitting on.”