Independence Day in Pictures

Tonight, the President and First Lady hosted service heroes and military families for a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House. See the Independence Day event through the lens of Pete Souza, Director of the White House Photo Office.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet military families

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet military families as they celebrate the Fourth of July holiday on the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Brandi Carlile and her band perform for military families

Brandi Carlile and her band perform for military families during the Fourth of July holiday celebration on the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Fireworks begin as The Killers play on the South Lawn

Fireworks begin as The Killers play on the South Lawn of the White House during the Fourth of July celebration. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch fireworks

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the roof of the White House. July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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