US to celebrate July 4 as ‘Independence Day’ from Coronavirus, says President Biden

President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic  disruption and more than 600, 000 lives lost.

The White House is expressing growing certain that July Fourth will serve as a breakthrough moment in the nation’s recovery, even though the US is expected to fall short of its goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated by the holiday. Still, the pace of the nation’s healing will be a stark contrast with the rest of the world struggling to vanquish the virus.

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The planned celebration will be the largest event of Biden’s presidency and designed to demonstrate the nation’s victory over the virus as COVID-19 cases and death drop to levels not seen since the first days of the outbreak.

The US is seeing its highest rate of air travel since the pandemic began, and schools, businesses, and restaurants are rapidly reopening. To celebrate the resumption of pre-pandemic life, Biden is looking to celebrate the July fourth holiday as “a summer of freedom.”

He plans to host first responders, essential workers, and military service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House for a cookout and to watch the fireworks over the National Mall. More than 1,000 guests are expected, officials said.

Now, officials say July Fourth will serve as an unofficial kickoff to a new phase in the US pandemic response. The federal government is looking to turn the page on the domestic public health crisis and focus on an economic and civic revival at home and marshaling support for vaccinations around the globe.