Our 10 Favorite Fourth of July Moments

Happy Independence Day! To celebrate, more than 1,200 military heroes and their families will join the President and the First Lady at the White House for an Independence Day celebration, which includes a performance by the Grammy Award Winning band, fun..

You don't need to be on the South Lawn to enjoy the show! Check out the "Salute to the Military" USO Concert and the fireworks over the National Mall on WhiteHouse.gov/live or on your iPhone with the White House App.

Here's the schedule for Thursday, July 4:

  • 6:00 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn
  • 8:10 PM EDT: USO show featuring fun.
  • 9:10 PM EDT: National capital fireworks display

But first – check out some of our favorite Fourth of July moments from the last few years.

1. President Obama and Babies

Holding a baby on July 4th

President Barack Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

2. Fun, Fireworks and Games

3. Visiting the Troops in Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden congratulate soldiers on becoming U.S. citizens

Vice President Joe Biden, center, congratulates a soldier on becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq. Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, left, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, also attended the event during which more than 150 U.S. servicemembers became U.S. citizens. July 4, 2010. (by Elaine Wilson)

4. President Obama and First Lady Obama Dancing

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to march to music in the Blue Room

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to march to music in the Blue Room of the White House, July 4, 2010, before delivering remarks to military families during a Fourth of July celebration. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

5. Honoring Our Troops

6. Military Families on the South Lawn

July 4, 2011-Young Salute

July 4, 2011 "I'm always trying to capture how people react to the President especially when he works a rope line. On the Fourth of July, the President was greeting members of the military and their families on the South Lawn when a young girl struck a salute as the President approached." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

7. Celebrity Performances

 

8. Marching Bands

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to military service personnel and their families during the Fourth of July celebration

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to military service personnel and their families during the Fourth of July celebration at the White House, July 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

9. Becoming Citizens 

POTUS July 4, 2012

"All of you did something profound: you chose to serve...You displayed the values that we celebrate every Fourth of July - duty, responsibility, and patriotism." -President Obama salutes new American citizens on Independence Day 2012

10. Fireworks on the South Lawn

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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