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 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.
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For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) – a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative – is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.
The USO will host a special program on the South Lawn featuring remarks from the President, performances by Grammy-award winning musical guests, and a dazzling fireworks display. You can tune in to share the fun at Whitehouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.
In honor of Independence Day and those who fight to keep our nation safe, let’s take a look back at a few moments this Administration has celebrated with the USO and our service members.
6:45 PM EDT: A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
8:00 PM EDT: USO Concert
8:30 PM EDT President Obama delivers remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 PM EDT: National Capitol fireworks display
Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
Happy July 4th America!