The Obama family returns to Washington from Camp David on Saturday night -- and will spend the Fourth of July, which is also daughter Malia's 12th
birthday -- at the White House. On Sunday, the First Family will host administration officials, "military heroes," their families and others on the South Lawn of the White House with a barbeque, concert and a great view of the fireworks on the National Mall. President Obama
will make remarks.
(Younger daughter Sasha, celebrated her 9th birthday on June 10, heading off a few days later with her sister, mom and grandmother, Marian Robinson for a Los Angeles visit.)
This year's family celebration is similar to the way the Obamas spent the Fourth in 2009. The president traveled to Camp David to meet up with his family, and then returned from the Maryland presidential retreat for a barbecue on the South Lawn. But last year, the First Family left for Moscow right after the July 4th festivities.
On July 4, 2008, the Obama family was on the campaign trail in Montana, pointing toward the November presidential election. The previous year on Independence Day, the Obamas were campaigning in Iowa, traveling around the state in an RV, making a series of stops and capping it off with an Iowa Cubs Triple A baseball game in Des Moines.
At the first stop that day in 2007, Mrs. Obama introduced then senator and candidate Obama at Smokey Row coffeehouse in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The candidate praised Michelle as being "too smart" to want to run for president. "She just wants to tell the president what to do," he said.