July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.
We celebrate the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.
The First Family is celebrating the Fourth of July by hosting more than 1,200 military heroes and their families for a barbeque, a USO show featuring Train and Amos Lee, and an extraordinary view of national capital fireworks from the South Lawn. You can check it all out on WhiteHouse.gov/Live, or watch from anywhere with our mobile apps.
Here’s the full July 4th live stream schedule:
- 6:30 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn
- 8:15 PM EDT: USO show featuring Grammy Award-winning band Train and celebrated singer/songwriter Amos Lee
- 9:10 PM EDT: National Capitol fireworks display