The White House plans July 4 to celebrate “independence” from Covid


The White House will host a gathering of 1,000 people on the South Lawn on the Fourth of July, a ceremonial parade meant to signal that President Biden has delivered with a promise Americans expect to return to some semblance of normalcy by the holidays.

Essential workers and military families will be invited to participate in the South Lawn event, and administration officials have encouraged local leaders to hold their own celebrations: “America is heading into a very different summer than last year. A summer of freedom. A summer of joy,” said an email distributed by the White House Office of Governmental Affairs. International on Local Leaders: A Summer of Reunions and Celebrations.

National Park Service announced that visitors are encouraged to attend a holiday fireworks display at the National Mall and that all nearby monuments will be open. (Last year, attendees were advised to stay social distancing and avoid travel to the capital.)

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington also issued a statement Permit That “the capital is open and ready to receive visitors again” for the holiday.

“We thank President Biden and his team for the urgent work to get a vaccine to the American people so we can save lives, open up our country, and celebrate together again,” said Ms. Bowser.

The grand celebration goes well beyond what Biden promised three months ago. In a televised address in March to mark the anniversary of the World Health Organization Announcing the spread of the Corona virus as a pandemicBiden said the country can expect to celebrate with friends and family on the Fourth of July, as long as they take the opportunity to get vaccinated and don’t prematurely abandon mask-wearing, social distancing and other measures to contain the virus.

“4th of July with your loved ones is the goal,” he said. “This is not the time to back off.”

The modest expectations that Mr. Biden put forward in his speech gave way to the largest planned event of his presidency, one designed to underscore the speed with which the Biden administration took the lead. still with Recent slowdown in vaccination ratesAnd the Especially in the southern statesBiden may not reach his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4. If the pace of adult vaccination continued on an average of seven days, the nation would come shy Who is Mr Biden’s goal?, with nearly 67 percent of adults partially vaccinated by July 4, according to a New York Times analysis.

In recent days, administration officials have subtly begun to shift their responses when asked if this goal will continue to be achieved.

“There is no doubt that it is a bold and ambitious goal,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week. “No matter where we get on the 4th of July, we are not going to close the store. On the 5th of July, we will continue to push to vaccinate more people across the country.”

Still, Mr. Biden Admit the heavy loss suffered by Americans during the pandemic, The United States has approached 600,000 deaths from the virus.

“I know that a black hole that seems to devour you, fills your chest when you lose someone close to you, whom you were in love with,” he said Monday in Brussels.

He continued: Please vaccinate as soon as possible. We’ve felt enough pain.”

Lazaro Gammio and Daniel E. Slotnick contributed reporting.

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