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Independence Day

We still pledge our lives and honor to freedom's defense. And we will always believe that freedom is the hope and the future of every land.
-- President George W. Bush

Independence Day News

News, Messages, Proclamations and more...

Remarks by the President at 4th of July Celebration
West Virginia State Capitol Grounds
Charleston, West Virginia
July 4, 2004

West Virginia is an important state to our nation in many ways, in many ways. You're one of the most beautiful places to visit in America. Click Here for full story

Independence Day, 2004
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
July 2, 2004

On Independence Day, we remember names like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin --and we honor their courage and vision. We are grateful that our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create an independent America. And we are thankful that this Nation under God is still free, independent, and the best hope of mankind. Click Here for full story

Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
July 2, 2004

By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in honor and tribute to the memory of Ronald Reagan, it is hereby ordered that the flag of the United States shall be displayed at full-staff at the White House and on all buildings, grounds, and Naval vessels of the United States beginning July 3, 2004. Click Here for full story

President Bush Honors Military in Fourth of July Speech
United States Air Force Museum
Dayton, Ohio
July 4, 2003

I'm truly honored to join you in celebrating the 227th anniversary of our nation's independence. The 4th of July, 2003, finds our country facing many challenges. And we're rising to meet them. Click Here for full story

Independence Timeline

Follow the moments that led to
July 4, 1776.

Watch the Fireworks


Link to July 4th Photographs
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4th of July Recipes

Recipes Try some of these tasty Independence Day recipes from the White House and the Cabinet over this holiday weekend. Click Here