Independence Day – 240th Anniversary

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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 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.

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7/2/16 .Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July.

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Freedom is not Free

On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

The President and First Lady will commemorate this Independence Day with the company of service members, veterans, and their families.

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.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/07/02/freedom-not-free

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

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Happy July 4th America

 

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  1. WH

    Sunday, July 2, 2016

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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

    Personal Safety

    * Don’t drink and drive this weekend. Get the @NHTSAgov SaferRide app and get a ride home

    • July 02, 2016

      Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July

      Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      July 2, 2016

      Hi everybody, and Happy Fourth of July weekend. On Monday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will celebrate the Fourth like most of you – in the backyard. We’ll hang out with family and friends, throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, and watch the fireworks show.

      Of course, we’re fortunate enough to have the South Lawn as our backyard. So we’re also going to fill it with hundreds of our troops, our veterans, and their families. Over the past seven and a half years, it’s become one of my favorite traditions. We get to celebrate our freedoms while doing what we can to honor all those who serve and sacrifice to make that freedom possible.

      And I know that honoring our service members, our veterans, and their families is something that so many Americans try to do every day, without fanfare, or expectation of anything in return.

      For the past five years, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden have tried to follow the example of so many of those Americans with their Joining Forces initiative. They’ve rallied businesses to hire more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses, and helped reduce veteran homelessness. And just this week, Michelle and Jill announced a breakthrough on a concern they’ve heard again and again from the military spouses they spend so much time with – and that’s the issue of professional licensing.

      This is something that most Americans aren’t familiar with. But for military families, it’s a big challenge. Here’s why. Our troops are often transferred from base to base. It’s part of the job. And because their families serve with them, that means their spouses move ten times more often than the rest of us. Ten times more often. That’s tough on a career. And more than one in three of these spouses works in a profession that requires a professional license or certification. Nurses. Childcare providers. Accountants. Social workers. And lots of other jobs.

      And until recently, when these spouses were asked to move across state lines, they often needed to re-certify for a job they’re already qualified for. A nurse with years of experience might have to take entry-level classes, or pay a fee, or wait months for paperwork to be processed before he or she could get back to work on the job they love and that lets them support their families.

      It didn’t make any sense. So we changed it. When Michelle and Jill took up this cause five years ago, only three states had taken action on military spouse licensing. But they rallied governors and state legislatures to action. And this week, we reached a milestone. Today, all fifty states have acted to streamline many of these licensing issues. This is a big step forward, but we’re not done yet. We’re going to keep working with states to make licensing simpler for more jobs and reach more qualified workers. But we can finally say to so many of our military families – when you move, you’ll no longer be forced to put the career you love on hold just because you and your families have chosen to serve this country.

      That’s what this is about – serving our men and women in uniform as well as they have served us. But you don’t have to be a governor or a First Lady to make a difference. So this holiday weekend, take a look at JoiningForces.gov to find out how you can serve the troops, veterans, and military families in your community.

      And to all our brave men and women in uniform – you represent the best of who we are as a nation. On this day and every day, we thank you.

      Thanks everybody. Have a great Fourth of July.

    • 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

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      A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
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    • July 04, 2016

      Remarks by the President at Fourth of July Celebration

      East Room

      7:57 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much! (Applause.) Ms. Janelle Monáe! Come on out here and give a bow! (Applause.) Thank you so much. So in addition to Janelle Monáe, please give Kendrick Lamar a big round of applause! (Applause.) Here he is, right here. (Applause.)

      So on behalf of all of us, obviously we were hoping to share their incredible talents with 5,000 people out on the South Lawn. And the Fourth of July is about family, it’s about the American family, it’s about us getting together with the people we love most.

      We all know that our freedoms are dependent on an incredible group of men and women in uniform and their families who look out for us every single day. (Applause.) Some of them are in attendance here today — please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) For those in our military who could not attend, we just want to say how much we admire, respect and appreciate everything you do to fight for our freedom every single day. (Applause.)

      And obviously the Fourth of July — we enjoy the hotdogs, we enjoy the burgers, we enjoy the barbecue, we enjoy the day off for a lot of us, we enjoy the fireworks. But it’s important to remember what a miracle this country is. How incredible — how incredibly lucky we are that people, generations ago, were willing to take up arms and fight for our freedom. And then people, inside this country, understanding that there were imperfections in our union and were willing to keep on fighting on behalf of extending that freedom to all people and not just some. (Applause.)

      And that story of independence is not something that happens and then we just put away. It’s something that we have to fight for every single day. It’s something that we have to nurture, and we have to spread the word, and we have to work on. And it involves us respecting each other. And it involves us recognizing that there are still people in this country who are going hungry — and they’re not free because of that. There are still people in this country who can’t find work — and freedom without the ability to contribute to society and put a roof over your head or look after your family, that’s not yet what we aim for.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/04/remarks-president-fourth-july-celebration

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    Monday, July 4, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
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    President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration

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      A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
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      USO Concert

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      President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration

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      National Capitol fireworks display

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