Fourth of July at the White House Press Collection
President Thomas Jefferson first established the traditions of a Fourth of July celebration at the White House by opening the house and greeting the public, diplomats, civil and military officers, and Cherokee chiefs. Since that time, the festivities have evolved to include parades, fireworks, and live music. The Executive Mansion is an enduring symbol of the American dream and continues to play an important role in Independence Day celebrations.
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