"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
—John Adams, 1776
On July 4, 1776, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the Liberty Bell rang a sound of freedom at Independence Hall. Since that day, affectionately known as America's birthday, the White House has celebrated liberty and justice for all each summer. President Thomas Jefferson held the first Fourth of July event at the People's House in 1801, and 20th century presidents have continued the tradition. Check out these Independence Day highlights from the past 60 years:
The President and First Lady will be commemorating the Fourth of July in true White House fashion, with more than 1,300 American military heroes and their families on the South Lawn. You can keep up with the celebration, including remarks from the President, a ceremony to welcome a group of new citizens, and a nighttime fireworks spectacular, right here at WhiteHouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.
"This is the day when we celebrate the very essence of America and the spirit that has defined us as a people and as a nation for more than two centuries."
—President Obama, July 4, 2010