Night of Barbecue, Fireworks on Tap at White House

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is getting ready for the big
holiday barbecue and fireworks show at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama returned from Camp David in time to host the Independence Day celebration. The Obamas have invited about 1,200 military families for the festivities Saturday night.

The loud sounds of the Foo Fighters carried across the White House's South Lawn as the rockers rehearsed. During the presidential campaign last year, the band complained about John McCain's use of their song "My Hero" to promote his candidacy. His campaign said it paid the proper licenses to use many different songs, include that one.

Saturday also was Malia Obama's 11th birthday. Her dad leaves
Washington on Sunday to begin a trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana.

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