Independence Day 2014

WH July 4 2014

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 238th 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 Sixth 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.

11:00 AM EDT: President Obama speaks at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members and civilians
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

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USO Fourth of July Festivities being held around the world:
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US Mens National Soccer Team

American Revolutionary War

Happy July 4th America


39 thoughts on “Independence Day 2014

  1. WH

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
    Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    11:00 AM
    President Obama speaks at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members and civilians

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:10 PM
    USO Concert

    9:00 PM
    9:10 PM
    National capital fireworks display

    10:00 PM

  2. independence-day-flag-declaration

    Happy Independence Day America!

    Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

    * Declaration of Independence
    * Fun Facts About July 4
    * Today in History – July 4
    * U.S. Flag History and Facts
    * Historical Documents

    * Fireworks Safety, Recalls, and Regulations
    * Firework Fact Sheet and State Laws

    • The First Lady & Dr. Biden Appear in Super Bowl Video Tribute to America’s Troops & Veterans

      Published on Feb 2, 2014

      A reading of the Declaration of Independence in honor of America’s active service members and veterans featuring Martin Sheen along with NFL owners, athletes and coaches including: Robert Kraft; Joe Andruzzi; Matt Chatham with members of the Boston Police Department; Chuck Bednarik; London Fletcher and Art Monk; John Mara; Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson; Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews; Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck and Raymond Berry; Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas; Art Shell; Tony Gonzalez; JJ Watt, the Watt Family and the Houston Fire Dept.; and Adrian Peterson. An original musical composition entitled ³Heart of Independence² plays throughout the video.

    • ASPCA Fourth of July Safety Tips

      Dog wearing star-spangled outfit in front of flag
      For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

      * Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them
      * Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals
      * Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach
      * Keep your pets on their normal diet
      * Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it
      * Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach
      * Never use fireworks around pets
      * Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home; preferably inside of the house

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  3. West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

    Published on Jul 3, 2014

    This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever.

  4. Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    July 4, 2014

    Hi, everybody. I hope you’re all having a great Fourth of July weekend.

    I want to begin today by saying a special word to the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, who represented America so well the past few weeks. We are so proud of you. You’ve got a lot of new believers. And I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense. Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I’ll think about it.

    It was 238 years ago that our founders came together in Philadelphia to launch our American experiment. There were farmers and businessmen, doctors and lawyers, ministers and a kite-flying scientist.

    Those early patriots may have come from different backgrounds and different walks of life. But they were united by a belief in a simple truth — that we are all created equal; that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Over the years, that belief has sustained us through war and depression; peace and prosperity. It’s helped us build the strongest democracy, the greatest middle class, and the most powerful military the world has ever known. And today, there isn’t a nation on Earth that wouldn’t gladly trade places with the United States of America.

    But our success is only possible because we have never treated those self-evident truths as self-executing. Generations of Americans have marched, organized, petitioned, fought and even died to extend those rights to others; to widen the circle of opportunity for others; and to perfect this union we love so much.

    That’s why I want to say a special thanks to the men and women of our armed forces and the families who serve with them — especially those service members who spent this most American of holidays serving your country far from home.

    You keep us safe, and you keep the United States of America a shining beacon of hope for the world. And for that, you and your families deserve not only the appreciation of a grateful nation, but our enduring commitment to serve you as well as you’ve served us.

    God bless you all. And have a great weekend.

  5. July 02, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard

    Today, the President called US Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their leadership and the team’s performance during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On the call, the President commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud. The President noted how captivating the team’s performance was and asked both men to relay his congratulations to Coach Klinsmann and the entire team on their hard work.


      White House petition for Tim Howard

      By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 7/2/14 7:53 AM EDT

      A bunch of USA soccer fans thinks Tim Howard deserves his own airport.

      On Tuesday evening, they launched an official White House petition to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Team USA goalkeeper, who set a World Cup record by saving 16 shots during Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Belgium.

      “Whereas Tim Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure, Minister of Defense, Friend of [Vice President] Joe Biden, and the holder for the record of most saves in a World Cup match; Therefore, we politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America,” the petition reads.

      Howard kept Team USA in the Round of 16 game against Belgium, who tested him early and often. The keeper had 11 saves after regulation, in which he helped keep the Belgians off the board for a 0-0 tie heading into extra time.

      If the petition receives 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration will offer an official response, per the “We the People” White House initiative launched in 2011. The petition currently currently has 1,987 signatures and will need to reach the 100,000 mark by July 31 to earn a response. Earlier this year, the administration declined another sports-related petition, this one to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday.

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  6. July 04, 2014

    Remarks by the President at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers and Military Spouses

    East Room

    11:24 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Please be seated. Good morning and welcome to the White House. And Happy Fourth of July! (Applause.)

    Deputy Secretary Mayorkas, thank you for taking care of the important part of this morning, which is administering the oath — that’s the thing that we want to make sure we got right. (Laughter.) To Acting Deputy Director Jones, to family, friends, distinguished guests — thank you all for being here. And finally, to these 25 men and women, servicemembers and spouses, it is an honor to join everyone here, for the first time, in calling you “our fellow Americans.”

    Now, this is one of my favorite events to do — and not just because we get to have a barbeque and watch fireworks later. (Laughter.) It’s because each of you has traveled a long journey to this moment — journeys that began in places like Jamaica and Germany, China and Guatemala. And yet somehow — either because your parents brought you here as children, or because you made the choice yourselves as adults — you ended up here, in America.

    And then many of you did something extraordinary: You signed up to serve in the United States military. You answered the call –- to fight and potentially to give your life for a country that you didn’t fully belong to yet. You understood what makes us American is not just circumstances of birth, or the names in our family tree. It’s that timeless belief that from many we are one; that we are bound together by adherence to a set of beliefs and unalienable rights; that we have certain obligations to each other, to look after each other, and to serve one another. And over the years, that’s exactly what you’ve done.

    Rodrigo Laquian came to the United States from the Philippines. He joined the Navy because, he said, he “wanted to be a part of something big and important. To be a part of a great cause.” Today, Petty Officer Second Class Laquian is still part of that great cause — and today he’s also an American citizen.

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  7. July 05, 2014

    Remarks by the President at Fourth of July Celebration

    South Lawn

    5:56 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Happy Fourth of July! Welcome to the White House!

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you!

    MRS. OBAMA: You’re welcome!

    THE PRESIDENT: No, thank you. (Laughter.)

    Now, this little party is something we’ve been doing every year, because there’s no group that we’d rather spend time with on this most American of holidays than with you — the extraordinary men and women of America’s military. And because of you, we’re safe, we’re free. We depend on you for our way of life, and the sacrifices you make are extraordinary.

    Now, in the house we’ve got Army. (Applause.) We’ve got Navy. (Applause.) We’ve got Air Force. (Applause.) We’ve got Marines. (Applause.) We’ve got Coast Guard. (Applause.) And, most important, we’ve got the incredible spouses and children — give it up for our outstanding military families. (Applause.)

    To help us celebrate, we’ve got our outstanding Marine Band. (Applause.) Later on, we’re going to bring out Pitbull and his band. (Applause.) So we want to see if you like to party. (Laughter.) And, of course, this is always a special day for us because this is Malia’s birthday. (Applause.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: She can get her license!

    MRS. OBAMA: Oh, she’s going to get her license. (Laughter.)

    THE PRESIDENT: She is. She’s getting her license, but she has to practice a little bit before that happens. (Laughter.)

    Now, this is a gorgeous day. We want you to enjoy yourselves, so I’m going to keep my remarks brief. But it is important to remember why we’re here.

    Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, our founders came together and declared a new nation and a revolutionary idea –the belief that we are all created equal; that we’re free to govern ourselves; that each of us is entitled to life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    And in the generations that have followed — through war and peace, through depression and prosperity — these truths have guided us as we have built the greatest democratic, economic, and military force the world has ever known.

    So today, immigrants from around the world dream of coming to our shores. Young people aspire to study at our universities. Other nations look to us for support and leadership in times of disaster, and conflict, and uncertainty. And when the world looks to America, so often they look to all of you –- the men and women of our Armed Forces. Every day, at home and abroad, you’re working to uphold those ideals first declared in that Philadelphia hall more than two centuries ago. Every day, you give meaning to that basic notion that as Americans we take care of each other. And so today, we honor all of you.

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  8. Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

    Published on Jul 4, 2014

    The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2014.

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    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    All Times Eastern

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    Ann Coulter strikes again on soccer hate

    7/3/14 9:54 AM EDT By SARAH SMITH – POLITICO

    Even though the United States is out of the running for the World Cup, Ann Coulter’s still not done attacking the game.

    The conservative columnist published another column Wednesday about her hatred for soccer, striking back at the many critics of her first column. Her first column railed on the newfound American love for soccer, calling it a sign of the nation’s “moral decay.” Her Wednesday column didn’t mince words.

    “Soccer fans have decided to prove me wrong about soccer being a fruity sport by spending the last week throwing hissy fits,” Coulter wrote in “Soccer: Part Deux,” calling her critics “twits.”

    She reiterated the problems with the game she brought up in her first column: that soccer is really just a girls’ game, that it is painfully boring because it ends in ties and that no one gets injured badly enough to make it exciting.

    “NFL players have died of heat stroke,” she wrote. “The only risk of death in a soccer game is when some Third World peasant goes on a murderous rampage after a bad call.”

    She added new complaints after watching the World Cup games unfold, including one about the Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s infamous bite. In Coulter’s mind, the bite was proof that soccer really is just a girls’ game.

    “Further proof that soccer is a game for girls: Since my column came out, a guy from the Paraguay team (Uruguay? Who cares?) was caught biting an opponent in a match,” she wrote. “How long can it be until we see hair-pulling in soccer?”

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        • Hi Vitaminlover,

          I only got into soccer four years ago when I came across the news of the winning streak of the US Women’s National Soccer Team. I was blown away that we have such a great female team and that the media did not really report their wins the way that they reported the wins of all the male teams. Maybe soccer will get more respect and so will the USWNT.

          The World Cup is like the Olympics. Everyone is very proud of their teams. I think the everyone in the U.S. (well almost everyone except the Haters) is holding their heads up just a little bit higher because America did well and reached the Round of 16 in the World Cup.

  11. First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

    7/5/14 1 hour ago By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.

    She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.”

    Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.

    “Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.”

    Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement, the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.

    The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them. The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren’t buying the healthier lunches.

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  12. WH

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

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  13. Sunday talk show tip sheet


    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
    • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
    • Former British Minister Tony Blair

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske
    • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
    • Democratic strategist Donna Brazile

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep.Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
    • Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
    • Liz Cheney, former Wyoming Republican Senate candidate and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
    • Murrieta, Calif., Mayor Alan Long
    • Navy Adm. Michelle Howard
    • Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee
    • Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
    • General Motors compensation attorney Ken Feinberg

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer

    “Enfoque” on Telemundo
    • Cecilia Muñoz, director, White House Domestic Policy Council

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