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How Do Presidents Celebrate the Fourth?

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, had a habit of throwing big July Fourth concerts to honor military service members and give staffers a chance to celebrate.

The Meaning of Flag Day

Today, we celebrate Flag Day with parades and ceremonies. But don't forget where—and why—it all started.

Why We Celebrate July 4

The ideas of the Declaration took the USA from a small frontier outpost on the edge of the developed world to the richest country in the world.

Heart of the Country

By channeling two of America's great populist poets, Whitman and Springsteen, the novelist Richard Ford finds beauty and mystery everywhere—even New Jersey.

On July Fourth Holiday, Obama Urges Immigration Overhaul

"We have to fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass common-sense immigration reform," Obama said at a White House ceremony for 25 foreign-born men and women who gained American citizenship for their service in the U.S. military