Fireworks, a Concert and Plenty of Food: The USO Goes Big for Troops with Fourth of July Festivities
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Friday is the Fourth of July, and while families across America will be taking the day off to celebrate freedom, the USO family will remain hard at work making sure those who defend that freedom are having a good time.
Here’s a small sampling of what we have in store for our troops around the world on Friday:
- Don’t stop the party: That’s the aim, as the latest iteration of the Salute to the Military USO Concert at the White House will be headlined by multi-platinum-selling rapper Pitbull. (Pitbull did a USO tour to the Pacific in 2007.) President Barack Obama will welcome roughly 1,200 troops and military family members to the event, which features a barbecue, lawn games and one of the best views of Washington’s annual fireworks show.
- On the grill: USO centers from Fort Riley, Kansas, to Grafenwohr, Germany, to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, to Camp Casey, South Korea, and scores of centers in between will be holding free events for troops and family members the next few days. Stop by your local center or check out its Facebook page for more details. (Also, be sure to check if you need to register first, as some centers – like USO Fort Riley – will have limited space and require an RSVP.)
- Recovering, but not forgotten: And while several troops who regularly use the USO Warrior and Family Centers in Bethesda, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, will attend Washington-based festivities, both of those centers have refrigerators packed with picnic foods ready for those recovering service members and their families who choose to have a lower-key celebration.
Follow us on our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this weekend, and let us know how you celebrate the Fourth of July by using the hashtag #USOmoments.
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