Dusk Before the Fireworks
Pictured here, White House staff wait for the fireworks display on the South Lawn. Carter administration, 7/4/80.
Happy Fourth of July!
Fourth of July with the Presidents
Some Presidents preferred to relax away from the White House – Lyndon B. Johnson traditionally spent the holiday at his ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Others have traced the history of the holiday with visits to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Read more
To celebrate the Fourth here’s a gallery of Presidential Independence Day celebrations from the White House Blog.
This photo is from the fireworks display over Washington D.C. during the Eisenhower administration. 7/4/54.
It’s time for a July 4 pop quiz!
- Who was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence?
- Who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence?
- How many of the signers were born in Great Britain?
- Which two future Presidents signed the Declaration of Independence?
- How many men signed the Declaration of Independence?
- How many of the signers were clergymen?[Answers: Franklin; Edward Rutledege, age 26; eight; John Adams and Thomas Jefferson;56; 2]If you answer all 6 questions correctly, you are an honorary Founding Father; answer 4 correctly, you are still a patriot; answer 2 or less correctly, then you must return your tricorn hat and go back to school!We hope you will join us on July 4 for a reading of the Declaration on the steps of the National Archives. Details here: http://go.usa.gov/vsE The event will also be carried by C-SPAN, so tune in!Image: mural of the signers, painted by Barry Faulkner, that hangs above the Declaration of Independence in the National Archives in Washington, DC.