Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have cherished our liberty and honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend it. As we commemorate the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we remember all those who have upheld freedom over tyranny for our country.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. President Thomas Jefferson held the first Fourth of July event at the White House in 1801, and modern Presidents have continued the tradition.
The contemporary centerpiece of Fourth of July at the “People’s House” is a stunning fireworks display over the Washington Monument. On July 4, 2018, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will build on this history, hosting military families and other guests on the South Lawn for music, food, and—of course—a front-row seat to fireworks over our Nation’s capital.