Independence Day 2015

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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 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.

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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 Seventh 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.

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8:10 PM EDT: USO Concert
8:45 PM EDT President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
9:15 PM EDT: National  Capitol fireworks display

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Happy July 4th America

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22 thoughts on “Independence Day 2015

  1. WH

    Saturday, July 4, 2015

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
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    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    * Historical Documents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
    * Fireworks Safety, Recalls, and Regulations
    * Firework Fact Sheet and State Laws

    • WEEKLY ADDRESS: Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      July 4, 2015

      Happy Fourth of July, everybody. Like many of you, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, and I are going to spend the day outdoors, grilling burgers and dogs, and watching the fireworks with our family and friends. It’s also Malia’s birthday, which always makes the Fourth extra fun for us.

      As always, we’ve invited some very special guests to our backyard barbecue – several hundred members of our military and their families. On this most American of holidays, we remember that all who serve here at home and overseas, represent what today is all about. And we remember that their families serve, too. We are so grateful for their service and for their sacrifice.

      We remember as well that this is the day when, 239 years ago, our founding patriots declared our independence, proclaiming that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      A couple of centuries later, we have made ourselves into a big, bold, dynamic, and diverse country. We are of all races, we come from all places, we practice all faiths, and believe in all sorts of different ideas. But our allegiance to this declaration – this idea – is the creed that binds us together. It’s what, out of many, makes us one.

      And it’s been the work of each successive generation to keep this founding creed safe by making sure its words apply to every single American. Folks have fought, marched, protested, even died for that endeavor, proving that as Americans, our destiny is not written for us, but by us.

      We honor those heroes today. We honor everyone who continually strives to make this country a better, stronger, more inclusive, and more hopeful place. We, the people, pledge to make their task our own – to secure the promise of our founding words for our own children, and our children’s children.

      And finally, what better weekend than this to cheer on Team USA – good luck to the U.S. Women’s National Team in the World Cup Final!

      Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

    • July 04, 2015

      Remarks by the President at 4th of July Celebration

      South Lawn

      8:56 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody having a good time? (Applause.) Give it up for Bruno Mars! (Applause.) And the band! (Applause.)

      Michelle and I just want to say to everybody here, we love you. (Applause.) On this day, we thank everyone who does so much each and every day to defend our country, to defend our freedom. (Applause.) We are grateful to our armed services. (Applause.) We are grateful to our military families. (Applause.) We are grateful to our veterans. (Applause.)

      Without you, we could not enjoy the incredible blessings that we do in this greatest country on Earth. (Applause.) And we are so appreciative to all of you. We hope you are having a good time. The weather is cooperating. (Applause.) And Michelle and I, Malia, Sasha — we could not be more privileged to have gotten to know so many of you, and to know all the sacrifices that you make on our behalf each and every day.

      So we just want to wish you the happiest 4th of July and remind ourselves that freedom is not free — it’s paid by all the folks who are here today and all the folks who are around the world. We want to thank those who aren’t with their families on this holiday season because they’re posted overseas. (Applause.) We want to especially remember them. (Applause.)

      Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

      END
      8:58 P.M. EDT

    • Bruno Mars Takes to Twitter and Announces Plans to Perform a USO Concert for Troops on the White House South Lawn July Fourth

      First Lady Michelle Obama and USO tweet back, confirming the news and relaying their excitement
      United Service Organizations (USO)

      ARLINGTON, Va., June 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

      WHAT: “Salute to the Military” USO Concert Event on South Lawnof the White House
      WHO: Bruno Mars, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer
      WHEN: Saturday, July 4, 2015 8:10 p.m. EST USO Concert
      WHERE: White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      WHY: The countdown is on! Today, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and producer Bruno Mars announced plans to perform his first-ever USO concert on the South Lawn of the White House. The announcement came at 11:00 a.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET via Mars’ twitter account, which stated the show would take place on the Fourth of July. Just seconds after the post hit the worldwide web, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USO confirmed the news and relayed their excitement.

      Part of the White House’s annual “Salute to the Military” extravaganza — which has become an Independence Day tradition since 2009 — the USO concert will cap off an afternoon full of family friendly afternoon activities exclusively for troops and military families, to include a patriotic barbeque, festive games, an appearance by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and remarks by the Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama. The 60-minute USO show will start at 8:10 p.m. ET and conclude just seconds before the world famous fireworks display at the U.S. Capitol.

      For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bruno-mars-takes-twitter-announces-212700832.html;_ylt=AwrXnCaA6ZdVxHQA527QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2lvbXVuBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

    • FBI says thwarted Islamic State-inspired attacks on July 4

      7/9/15 Julia Edwards – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities thwarted plots to kill people in the United States around the July 4 holiday, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

      Comey told reporters more than 10 people inspired by the Islamic State’s recruitment online have been arrested over the past four weeks, some of which were focused on attacks around the July 4 holiday.

      FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to local law enforcement to be on alert for attacks around July 4. No such attacks occurred.

      Comey did not give the details on the number of plots thwarted or their targets.

      He said dozens of people in the United States who are suspected to be under the influence of Islamic State militants have “gone dark” because of encrypted data.

  3. 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

    For more: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips

    • Malia Obama is Interning With Lena Dunham

      7/4/15 By Greg Cwik – vulture

      Perpetually outraged conservatives, hold on to your tinfoil hats: Malia Obama, daughter of Barack, is interning with Lena Dunham, creator of the licentiously liberal show Girls, which has been corrupting our youth for four seasons. According to The Root, Malia, who turns 17 today (on America’s birthday!), has been seen on the the show’s Williamsburg set “delivering coffee for the cast and crew and helping block the public from entering scenes during shoots,” which is probably a lot easier when you’re flanked by armed Secret Service agents. The first daughter previously worked as a production assistant for Halle Berry’s CBS show Extant, and aspires to become a filmmaker, according to her mother, who described Malia as a movie lover and voracious reader, like her father.

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    Sunday, July 5, 2015

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden travel to Vancouver, Canada

    Vice President Biden meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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    The First Family watch the FIFA Final Game between US Women’s National Soccer Team vs Japan
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    Vice President Joseph Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend the FIFA Final Game between US Women’s National Soccer Team vs Japan
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    • July 2, 2015

      President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Canada to Attend the Final Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

      President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Canada to attend the Final Match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Vancouver on July 5, 2015.

      Members of the Presidential Delegation:

      Vice President Joseph Biden
      Dr. Jill Biden
      The Honorable Bruce Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada, Department of State
      The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
      Mr. Cobi Jones, Three-Time U.S. Men’s World Cup Player
      Ms. Mia Hamm, Former U.S. Women’s National Team Player

    • Bidens celebrate World Cup victory

      July 06, 2015, 08:41 am By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

      Vice President Biden and his family rejoiced in the United States’ victory at the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday.

      Biden was into the action as the U.S. cruised to a 5-2 victory over Japan, defying his prediction of a one-goal win. He sat next to his grandson, Hunter, and gave a rundown as the game headed to a close.

      “Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes,” he said.

      When the game entered extra time, Biden cheered “One more goal! One more goal!”

      Sitting near U.S. soccer icon Mia Hamm, Biden spoke about how the Americans’ first World Cup victory since 1999 will help the women’s game grow.

      But as the final seconds ticked off the clock, Biden’s thoughts were also on his late son, Beau. The vice president said he did not play soccer growing up, but recalled fond memories of his sons playing the game.

      “I played football,” he told a pool reporter. “My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 in three years. I don’t even think the high school that I went to had a soccer team.”

      “Beau played and was captain of the soccer team. Hunt played football,” Biden added. “And I never played soccer. But I watched all Beau’s games.”

      Biden also noted his granddaughter, Maisy, is an avid soccer player. She plays on the same team as Sasha Obama, who was also on hand in Vancouver to watch the game with the Bidens.

      For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/246905-bidens-celebrate-world-cup-victory

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      The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final: On Board with VP Biden

      Published on Jul 9, 2015

      Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones travel to Vancouver to cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team and watch their historic victory alongside millions watching worldwide.

      • July 05, 2015

        Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada

        Today in Vancouver, Vice President Biden met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. The Vice President congratulated the Prime Minster on hosting a successful FIFA Women’s World Cup and thanked him for the outstanding hospitality. Demonstrating the breadth of the relationship, Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Harper exchanged views on a range of pressing global issues, including the threat posed by ISIL and the ongoing situation in eastern Ukraine. Both leaders reaffirmed the shared commitment to deepening robust trade relations and the early conclusion of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    • July 06, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team

      Today, the President called the United States women’s national soccer team to congratulate them on winning the World Cup – displaying the strength and spirit that makes our country great – in front of the largest soccer audience in American TV history. The President applauded Coach Jill Ellis for her leadership during this remarkable run and noted Carli Lloyd’s extraordinary hat-trick and early goal, which set the tone for the team’s convincing victory. The President looks forward to welcoming the team to the White House to celebrate their championship.

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      Calling Team USA

      Published on Jul 7, 2015

      President Obama calls the world champion US Women’s National Soccer Team following their 5-2 victory over Japan at the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, Canada.

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