Happy 4th of July!

Troops enjoy a BBQ at the grand re-opening of the Pat Tillman Memorial USO Center in Bagram, Afghanistan on July 8, 2009. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

Wherever you are this Independence Day, know that our USO Family wishes you a happy and healthy holiday!  The USO lifts the spirits of troops and their families millions of times a year at thousands of places worldwide, and we want to extend a special THANK YOU to all of those serving and all who have served.

In celebration, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite summertime and patriotic photos from the past seven decades – we hope you enjoy!

And as you gather around the grill or pull out the lawn chairs for fireworks, take a moment to remember the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform…Until Every One Comes Home.

A serviceman and USO volunteer enjoy the perfect snack on a hot day! (USO archives, date unknown)

A military spouse and her child enjoy ice cream at a USO event in the 1950s. (USO archives)

"I want to be just like you when I grow up." (USO archives)

Grilling out at a USO Center in China Beach. (USO archives)

18 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!

  1. Thank you to the USO and all the volunteers that have always helped make Service Members feel a little bit better when they are so far away from home and Family God Bless the USO

  2. I wanted to Wish All our Men and Women of War a Very Happy and Safe 4th of July and may you come home soon safe and sound. You all are in our Thoughts and Prayers.
    God Bless y’all,
    Debbie and Annette McCormick
    Stuarts Draft, Va…

  3. Thank you to the USO for always being there for our troops who so bravely protect my family from all the evil in the world. I’ve spent a lot of time the last 6 month’s working at the Pensacola Airport and I feel horrible every time I see those brave men have to spend the night on that hard, cement floor before their flights in the wee hours of the morning. And then we’re making all this noise working so I’m sure they don’t get much sleep anyway. I wish there were something I could do for them to make their last night away from home more comfortable. God bless you all!

  4. Have a very happy Forth of July to all of the
    troops wherever u may be, we at home are
    so proud of every thing u do for your country
    God Bless & Be Safe…………

  5. Thanks for the USO in 21 years of military service and after I used the USO centers in many places.

  6. Thank you, military, for all you do for us. Thank you, USO, for all you do for our military. May God bless each and every one of you immensely. From me, my kids and grandkids…thank you all so very much. You ARE our heroes….every day!!!

  7. To all our men and women in uniform. We thank you and wish you a happy 4th of July and safe return.

  8. Happy Fourth! Thanks for all you do to take care of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines as they travel to and from home. You guys are the morale equivalent of a port in a storm.

  9. Wanted to wish you guys a belated Happy 4th of July…you are all awesome for what you are doing and you are all sadly missed….we love you and we are all very proud!

  10. What our troops do for us is awesome…
    In appreciation for all that our troops and their families do 4 R Freedom, I have written a song to express my appreciation and gratitude.

    Please give it a listen at

    There is also a page for our troops and their families to express the many hardships they endure while loved ones are so bravely serving this great nation. Please feel free to post there and help raise our awareness of your needs and sacrifices.

    Thank You and God Bless!

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