On July 4, 2015, we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the United States. In his weekly address, President Obama said, "...A couple of centuries later, we have made ourselves into a big, bold, dynamic, and diverse country. We are of all races, we come from all places, we practice all faiths, and believe in all sorts of different ideas. But our allegiance to this declaration -- this idea -- is the creed that binds us together. It’s what, out of many, makes us one."
As President Obama said, we remember that the Fourth of July marks the day when our founding patriots proclaimed that "all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and we honor "everyone who continually strives to make this country a better, stronger, more inclusive, and more hopeful place."
Today, Americans in big cities and small towns gather to celebrate our Independence Day and the principles in our founding creed. U.S. diplomatic missions and American ambassadors around the world join in today's commemoration, and we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
— Department of State (@StateDept) July 4, 2015
Happy #IndependenceDay to the men & women of US armed forces! Home of the free because of the brave #4thofJuly pic.twitter.com/vn9abJU9hW — US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) July 4, 2015
Today the United States celebrates its 239th year of Independence! We wish all Americans a very Happy Fourth of July! pic.twitter.com/ZIB5ZGGsXV — USEmbassy Bridgetown (@USEmbassyBbdos) July 4, 2015
For more information:
- Follow our diplomatic missions and U.S. ambassadors on Twitter for highlights of Independence Day celebrations around the world.
- Watch or read President Obama's Fourth of July message.
- Go to WhiteHouse.gov/fourth-of-july for a message from President Obama, live video of fireworks on the National Mall from the White House, and more!