Honoring the Armed Forces & their families with USO concert and All-American picnic featuring burgers, dogs, and Dogfish Head craft beer…includes videos

Simultaneous with celebrating the thirteenth birthday of daughter Malia on Monday, July 4th, President Obama and First Lady Obama welcomed about 1,200 members of the military and their families to their annual Independence Day barbecue and concert at the White House.

The party started in the afternoon, and all dined on traditional American fare amidst the red, white, and blue decorations festooning the South Lawn. Kids were treated to face painting and balloon animals, and the President’s Own Marine Corps Band entertained with snazzy renditions of patriotic favorites. Grammy award-winning rock band Train and singer/songwriter Amos Lee gave a special concert later in the evening, and the event ended with a viewing of the fireworks over the National Mall

Speaking from the bunting-draped Truman Balcony shortly afer 6:00 PM, President Obama wished all a “Happy Fourth of July” to huge cheers. He thanked the troops for their service, and promised to provide them and their families with all the support and care possible. The President was clad in a casual blue polo shirt and khaki slacks, while Mrs. Obama stood by his side dressed in a red and blue floral-patterned sundress. Her hair was pulled back and she wore dramatic hoop earrings.

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