Washington Will Open Up for July 4 Fireworks. So Will Biden’s White House.

The White House will host a 1,000-person celebration on the South Lawn, even though President Biden is not on track to meet his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4.


By Katie Rogers

WASHINGTON — The White House will host 1,000 essential workers and military families on the South Lawn on July 4, the largest gathering of President Biden’s tenure and a celebratory display meant to signal that he delivered on a promise that Americans could expect to return to some semblance of normal life by the holiday.

The Biden administration also encouraged local leaders in Washington to hold their own celebrations, even though the United States is expected to fall short of the president’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults by Independence Day.

“America is headed into a summer dramatically different from last year,” White House officials wrote in an email to local leaders. “A summer of freedom. A summer of joy. A summer of reunions and celebrations.”

White House officials on Tuesday did not say whether guests would be required to provide proof of vaccination or testing before attending the event, but one official said that protocol and more details would be released soon.

The festivities on the South Lawn will go well beyond the scope of what Mr. Biden told Americans three months ago, when he said the country could expect to celebrate July 4 with friends and family as long as they were vaccinated and did not prematurely abandon mask wearing, social distancing and other coronavirus precautions.

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