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Celebrating Independence Day at the White House


In each of the past three years, President Obama has marked Independence Day with a celebration at the White House featuring a concert, organized by the USO, to honor members of the U.S. military and their families.

And that tradition will continue this year with a performance from country music star Brad Paisley.

You can watch the concert beginning tomorrow [today], just after 8:00 on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and if you stick around, you'll get a great view of the National Mall fireworks show -- from the South Lawn of the White House.

In the mean time, check out video from Independence Day celebrations past:






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



A young girl salutes President Barack Obama as he shakes hands along a ropeline with members of the military and their families during the Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2011.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House on July 4, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet military families at the White House on July 4, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



The view of the South Lawn of the White House as the Foo Fighters performed on July 4, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets bystanders at Fort McNair after a helicopter ride from Camp David on July 4, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama kisses a baby while greeting military families at the White House on July 4, 2009.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



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)



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)



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 perform on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2010, during the Fourth of July celebration.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama greets guests during the Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2010.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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I know a lot of people don't have the time to check out the White House's photostream at Flickr so I put together this diary at the end of each month for everyone.

If you see an image you really like I encourage you to click through using the links I've provided under each image and view that photo in a larger format (in cases where there are no links that is because the White House has not yet uploaded that image to Flickr). Also, you can order prints through Flickr or download full sized files to print at home if you'd like. I've printed quite a few over the years to hang in my office here at school.

Please feel free to add your favorite White House Photo Staff pictures in the comments that I missed and you'd like to share with everyone.

Originally posted to Bob's Blog on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 12:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats, J Town, and DKOMA.

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