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 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.
“Salute to the Military“
President Obama and First Lady Michelle will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families with a Fifth Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert at the White House. The celebration includes a barbeque, USO concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.
6:00 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn
8:10 PM EDT: USO Concert
9:10 PM EDT: National Capitol fireworks display
Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
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