Happy Birthday, Malia (and America)!

The Obamas threw a Fourth of July party that rivaled the best backyard bbq. The celebration honored US servicemen and women with a variety of traditional Independence Day eats (burgers, icecream, watermelon, etc), not to mention performances by Michelle Branch, Foo Fighters, and Jimmy Fallon (all of which was streamed live from whitehouse.gov).

This couple still has that special spark! (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

This couple still has that special spark! (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Kids had access to games, face painting, and balloon art. A few former presidents even made an appearance.

"In four score and three years, I haven't seen a party this great!"  (from BoL personal photo file)

"In four score and seven years, I haven't seen a party this great!" (BoL personal file photo)

Where's the balloon version of Bo? (BoL personal file photo)

Where's the balloon version of Bo? (BoL personal file photo)

Obama’s address to his guests, he said “When she was young, I used to say that all these fireworks were for her. I’m not sure she buys that.”

"No, really, honey, these fireworks are just for you." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

"No, really, honey, these fireworks are just for you." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Foo Fighters had been on hiatus for a few months previous to the show, and gave the guests a preview of material for their new album.

For more of the Foo Fighters’ performance, see here and here.

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