The Independence Day celebration included a barbecue, fireworks, musical performances and a speech by the President. "It's Malia's birthday so she is appreciative that you're all going to be wishing her a happy birthday," the President told his guests of his eldest daughter, Malia, who turned 15.
Barack, 51, also thanked troops for their service. "You, the fighting men and women of the United States and those who came before you, you've played a special role," he said. "People, in scattered corners of the world, are free to write their own futures because of you."
During the party, military troops and indie rock band Fun. gave special performances. The United Service Organizations tweeted Thursday, "Thanks so much to Fun for entertaining our troops and families tonight!"