The White House Fourth Of July

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It was a busy Fourth of July at the White House. The President began the day by speaking at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members and civilians. Later, he and the First Lady hosted military heroes and their families to the White House for a special Independence Day event, including a USO program featuring Grammy award-winning recording artist Pitbull. It all culminated with a spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall.

Take a look at some images and video from the day.

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The President Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony

In the morning, President Obama welcomed 25 new American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony held at the White House. The President celebrated as service members and their families were able for the first time to be called "our fellow Americans" on this Fourth of July, just as they are in ceremonies happening today around the country. The President paid tribute to all those who served and fought for the United States in the Armed Forces, and to the great sacrifice of their spouses and families.

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President Obama and the First Lady Attend a Fourth of July Celebration

The President and the First Lady also celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.

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Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

July 4, 2014
In this week's address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country — from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.

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Some Favorite Fourth of July Moments

1. "One of the best perks about being President is anyone will hand you their baby."

Holding a baby on July 4th

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

 

2. Fun and games on the South Lawn!

The South Lawn of the White House as military families enjoyed the holiday on July 4, 2009

July 4, 2009
The South Lawn of the White House as military families enjoyed the holiday. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

3. The VP visiting the troops in Iraq.

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

July 4, 2010
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. (by Elaine Wilson)

 

4. POTUS and FLOTUS cutting a rug.

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

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

 

5. Special celebrity performances!

Brad Paisley performs on the South Lawn of the White House (July 4, 2012)

July 4, 2012
Brad Paisley performs on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

6. Jimmy Fallon being Jimmy Fallon.

July 8, 2009
Jimmy Fallon can't believe he's at the White House on the Fourth of July. Watch part of his stand-up performance from that evening.

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7. Marching bands.        

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

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

 

8. Saluting the President.

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)

 

9. And saluting new American citizens.

POTUS July 4, 2012

July 4, 2012
President Barack Obama listens as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano administers the oath during a military naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House.

 

10. Fireworks. (Who doesn't love fireworks?)

First Lady Michelle Obama, left, Malia Obama and President Barack Obama watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of the White House.

July 4, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama, left, Malia Obama and President Barack Obama watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch fireworks

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

 

July 4, 2013
The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House.

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