July 4th LIVE: Biden set for White House bash as millions prepare for fireworks and parades in the Fourth celebrations

MILLIONS of Americans will be celebrating Fourth of July today as events across the country are set to take place.

Fireworks and parades are the norm for Independence Day, as Joe Biden will hold his first major engagement since becoming the President in January.

He and wife Jill will be hosting military families and essential workers to the White House as a tribute to their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington DC will also be celebrating with their a parade along the National Mall, while Macy's will have its annual fireworks display in New York – just two of many events be held to honour July 4th.

Follow for all the latest news, pictures and updates below…

  • Debbie White

    BLEAK JULY 4 FOR SOME

    For some Americans, July Fourth will be a bleak day.

    There is a pall cast over the country by the Covid pandemic and the Florida building collapse.

    Plus, in the West, people are facing a heightened risk of wildfires after a scorching heatwave and extremely dry conditions.

    And nationwide supply chain glitches tied to the pandemic have jacked up prices of everything from household items to fireworks.

  • Debbie White

    PYROTECHNICIANS READY WITH IMPPRESSIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

    On New York's East River, 50 pyrotechnicians have spent days loading more than 65,000 shells on five barges.

    The display is presented by Macy's department store.

    Last year, only a "scant few" carried out their fireworks shows, said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association.

    "Approximately 70 per cent are scheduled to return, and many will be bigger and better than pre-pandemic levels," Heckman said.

  • Debbie White

    MARCHING BANDS IN WASHINGTON

    In Washington on Sunday, marching bands will return for a traditional parade on Capitol Hill's Barracks Row.

    As darkness falls, the National Mall is expected to draw big crowds to a 17-minute fireworks display set off from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

  • Debbie White

    WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES 1,000 VISITORS FOR JULY 4

    In Washington, President Joe Biden plans a 1,000-person July Fourth celebration on the White House lawn with essential workers and military families.

    The president hosts the event three days after his visit to Surfside, Florida, to console families whose loved ones were in a condo tower that collapsed on June 24.

    Several Florida communities have cancelled their July Fourth fireworks out of respect for those impacted by the tragedy, city officials said.

  • Debbie White

    BUSY ROADS AS AMERICANS DRIVE TO SEE FAMILY AND FRIENDS

    This weekend is expected to be the busiest July Fourth road travel holiday on record.

    An estimated 43.6million Americans will be behind the wheel, or five per cent more than a previous record set in 2019, the American Automobile Association said.

    Aleksandra Magidoff, a 12-year-old from Brooklyn, is headed to a New Jersey suburb to reconnect with a lifelong friend and her family.

    "I'm so excited – I can talk to them and celebrate with them and just socialize!" said Magidoff, who was fully vaccinated.

    The girls plan to gorge on "a bunch of hamburgers and hotdogs" before taking in the fireworks show at a New Jersey fairgrounds, she said.

  • Debbie White

    US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S GOOD WISHES

    US President Joe Biden has today tweeted a message to fellow Americans marking July 4.

    He said: "America has a lot to celebrate today."

  • Debbie White

    FLOWER BLOOMING LIKE A FIREWORK…

    Americans are continuing to post lots of positivity on social media about their July 4 celebrations.

    'Tiff of the South' has shared a beautiful pic of a flower "blooming like a firework for July 4th".

    Corvette Racing tweeted: "Wishing all our US fans and owners and happy and safe #July4th."

  • Debbie White

    JULY 4 2021 – BETTER THAN COVID-HIT 2020

    This Independence Day, many Americans are celebrating much more than the 13 colonies' split from Great Britain.

    It also marks something of a return to normal after the pandemic forced most plans to be canceled or minimized, a year ago.

    While the pandemic is not over, the US is in a better spot to celebrate compared to last July 4, now that more than half the country's adult population is fully vaccinated against the virus.

    This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, so it's also being observed by the federal government and some businesses on Monday, July 5.

  • Debbie White

    WHAT IS JULY 4TH?

    Today, July 4, is a federal holiday known as Independence Day which celebrates the USA announcing its separation from Great Britain.

    A Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, a political separation of the 13 North American colonies from Great Britain, was announced on on July 4, 1776.

    This was a letter sent to King George III formally explaining why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the British Empire.

    It was intended to justify a revolt against the British with a list of charges against King George III.

    The main issues were taxation and a lack of control over their affairs, and this declaration marked the beginning of a war for independence against the British which ended in 1783.

  • Debbie White

    ENJOY PATRIOTISM – BUT SECURITY WARNINGS IN FORCE

    This holiday is a time for Americans to show their patriotism.

    It also allows them to celebrate a fresh sense of freedom in a personal sense by mingling with friends once again and enjoying summer's simple pleasures.

    But this year's July Fourth is not entirely carefree.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned state and local police last week of a heightened threat of violence by domestic extremist groups amid relaxed Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Debbie White

    MORE CELEBRATIONS ON TWITTER

    Plenty of celebs have flocked to Twitter to wish people a Happy July 4th.

    They include British professional boxer Tyson Fury…

  • Debbie White

    KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE FROM FIREWORKS!

    PAWS Wakefield is urging Americans to remember their pets during huge July 4 celebrations.

    It's tweeted: "Happy 4th of July!

    "Help keep your pets safe when you celebrate by checking out these tips."

    They include keeping curious pets away from fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks.

  • Debbie White

    HUGE FIREWORK SHOWS PLANNED FOR JULY 4

    Two of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the country will blast off over the National Mall in Washington.

    They'll also be seen over a mile stretch of New York City's East River, separating Manhattan from the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

    Some classic July Fourth events such as Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn's Coney Island remain scaled back.

    This is to allow for social distancing in recognition of the continued threat of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 600,000 Americans.

    The more aggressive Delta variant from India has raised alarms about the potential for another surge among the unvaccinated.

  • Debbie White

    JULY 4TH – MASSIVE CELEBRATIONS UNDERWAY

    After a year of Covid pandemic cancellations, Americans are celebrating July 4th with a bang!

    Americans mark their nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday with fireworks that may look brighter, hotdogs that may taste juicier and marching bands that may sound jauntier.

    Especially after the pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year.

    As always, fireworks displays are the highlight of the July Fourth holiday.

     

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