Biden kicks off July 4 with mass at his hometown church before heading back to Washington to celebrate ‘independence from COVID-19’
- President Joe Biden spent his Independence Day morning attending mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware
- Biden will head back to Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon for a BBQ at the White House with first responders and military families
- He will make remarks celebrating ‘independence from COVID-19’
- Biden and first lady Jill will then watch the fireworks display over the national mall from the White House
The president emerged from St. Joseph on the Brandywine on Sunday morning and was pictured walking through the cemetery, where his son Beau Biden is buried.
Biden spends the majority of his weekends away from Washington in Wilmington, where he is usually pictured attending Catholic mass once – sometime twice – during his two-day stay.
The first couple will leave Wilmington Sunday afternoon to head back to Washington, D.C. for a July 4 celebration at the White House.
The president will make remarks to mark Independence Day, but the White House notes it will also be a speech celebrating ‘independence from COVID-19’.
President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, spent his Independence Day morning attending mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware
The president departs service and walks through the cemetery, where his son Beau is buried, to his car
Biden will head back to Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon for a BBQ at the White House with first responders and military families where he will make remarks celebrating ‘independence from COVID-19’
Essential workers and military families are invited to the Fourth of July BBQ at the White House ahead of Biden’s remarks.
Biden and First Lady Jill will then view the annual fireworks display over the National Mall from the White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris is spending her holiday at her home in Los Angeles, California.
Ahead of the holiday, Biden’s administration has lauded their vaccine push and insisted that celebrating July 4 in the traditional way is safe again – as long as all the people engaging in the festivities have received the jab.
However, the U.S. missed Biden’s goal of getting 160 million Americans fully immunized by the mid-summer holiday. He also wanted at least 70 per cent of adults to have received at least one shot by July 4, 2021, a second vaccine goal that was not reached.
Jeffrey Zients, counselor to Biden and the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator who succeeded Dr. Deborah Birx, said the failure could be due to young people who were made eligible for the vaccine much later than adults.
He also told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that this demographic has ‘felt less vulnerable to the disease.’
‘We made a lot of progress,’ Zients praised in a separate interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning. ‘I think we’re much further along than anyone would have anticipated at this point.’