As Americans across the world prepare to celebrate their independence, the USO and President Obama are gearing up to honor and thank those whose sacrifice, service and dedication make our freedoms a reality – the men and women of our armed forces and their families.  This Fourth of July, the White House will host the fourth annual “Salute to the Military” USO concert.  The star spangled event will include a barbecue, family-friendly games, a musical selection by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, and a 60-minute USO show featuring Grammy Award-winning country music artist Brad Paisley and a capitol view of the Nation’s fireworks.

In celebration of Joining Forces, an ongoing initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden calling for all Americans to show their support to military families, the White House “Salute to the Military” USO concert featuring Brad Paisley is expected to be attended by more than 1,200 troops and military families, and will be streamed LIVE on Tune in Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 8:00 PM EST.

The White House celebrated their first “Salute to the Military” USO concert in 2009 and have continued their tradition for the past four years.  Among the notable names and groups to participate in this Independence Day ritual are Jimmy Fallon, Foo Fighters, Michelle Branch, Cedric “The Entertainer,” The Killers, Brandi Carlile, Train, Amos Lee and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.

A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Paisley has placed more than 20 singles at the top of the charts and been awarded 14 Country Music Association Awards including the 2010 “Entertainer of the Year.” 

The USO is proud to support Joining Forces and urges Americans to send Messages of Thanks to military families, share their Stories of Support that detail how they have supported military families and participate in volunteer opportunities in their neighborhood that will help strengthen the military community.