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Mon 5 Jul 2010 10:03 AM

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America celebrates Independence Day

America celebrates Independence Day
US President Barack Obama greets military families gathered for Independence Day festivities on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
The Obamas honored the families of military service members at a barbeque and called for the nation to celebrate civil rights and the spirit of America. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to families gathered for the July 4 festivities. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
Obama greets military families. Independence Day commemorates freedom from British influence and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
The President paid tribute to the ‘immeasurable bravery’ of US troops past and present. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
The band plays in front of the White House. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
The Fourth of July is also an important day for the Obama family because daughter Malia celebrates her birthday. (Getty Images)
America celebrates Independence Day
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand on the balcony of the White House to greet military families. (Getty Images)