Bruno Mars to Headline USO Fourth of July Concert at the White House

Bruno Mars will play a USO show at the White House on July 4. Courtesy photo

Bruno Mars will play a USO show at the White House on July 4. Courtesy photo

Bruno Mars will bring his “Uptown Funk” to downtown Washington on July 4. But you’ll need a special invitation to get into the exclusive party at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mars announced this afternoon that he’ll be playing an exclusive USO show for military families at The White House this July 4. The announcement took place during a Twitter exchange with First Lady Michelle Obama.

This is the seventh consecutive year the White House has partnered with the USO and hosted its “Salute to the Military” concert. Last year’s event featured Pitbull, while acts like fun., Cedric The Entertainer, The Killers, Brandi Carlile, Brad Paisley, Train, Amos Lee, Jimmy Fallon, the Foo Fighters and Michelle Branch have also played the South Lawn on Independence Day.

“The USO is thrilled to once again be partnering with the White House and hosting a USO concert featuring superstar Bruno Mars this Independence Day,” USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch said in a release. “There is no better time or place to celebrate the birth of our nation than on the Fourth in our nation’s capital, surrounded by hundreds of America’s troops and military families. And with Bruno’s help, it is sure to be the ultimate ‘thank you’ to those who serve our nation and sacrifice their lives daily.”

Mars has won multiple Grammys and played the NFL’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2014. He was Billboard’s 2013 Artist of the Year.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Troops and Spouses at a USO Event in Italy

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza on Friday for a USO ice cream social among other activities with the troops.

Obama went on to co-host a surprise baby shower for expectant moms at the base. You can see a full slideshow of her visit over at

“We want you to know we’ve got your backs when you’re going through this part of your lives,” she told military spouses during her visit, according to ABC News. “You’re not alone.”

The White House Shows Support for Our Military Families over the 4th!

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes military families to a barbeque on the South Lawn of the White House as First Lady Michelle Obama also attends to celebrate Independence Day, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES)

We hope our military families had a great time at the 4th of July celebration at the White House this weekend!  We were proud to present the Second Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert, featuring The Killers, Brandi Carlile, Cedric “The Entertainer,” and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed over 1,200 families and the First Lady also shared a special message for the American People.  From “The First Lady is asking 100 percent of Americans to support the brave men and women in uniform and their families back home. Here are some things you can do in your community to get started:

  • Stay informed about the activities and concerns of military families in your community and across the nation;
  • Take time out to get to know and express appreciation to military families;
  • Help ensure military families have the opportunity to share their stories and voice their concerns in your community;
  • Help ensure the places where you work, worship, and participate in community life connect their activities to addressing military families’ unique challenges; and
  • Identify opportunities in your communities to tap into the unique skills, experience and commitment to service our military families display each day.”

Watch the video below and be sure to share these ways to show support for military families in your neighborhoods and towns!

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First Lady Michelle Obama Calls the Sesame Street/USO Experience Her Favorite!

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to the National Military Family Association Military Child Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. May 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the National Military Family Association Summit in DC.  The focus of the summit was military spouses and children, and we’re thrilled to say that she cited the Sesame Street/USO Experience as her “favorite” partnership to support military kids!  Here is an excerpt from her remarks:

“One of the great lessons of recent years is that you don’t need to be a military expert to help. You don’t necessarily need to build something new to help. You can keep doing what you’re already doing and connect your work to the priorities of military families.  Consider the Sierra Club, which partnered with the NMFA to create Operation Purple — summer camps that have made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of military kids. Or my favorite, Sesame Street, which has partnered with the USO to reach more than 100,000 military families and helped kids cope with some very challenging situations.

There are so many organizations with skills and interests that can be shared with military families, and we need to get them involved.

This is a challenge to every community in America.”  Click here to read a full transcript of the First Lady’s comments.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience continues touring throughout the US in 2010.  Below is the schedule for June.  Check with your base’s MWR for ticketing information.  We hope to see you there!


Megan Noe poses with her son Henry in front of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Militar Families poster at Natcher Gym on the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky, April 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

MCAS Beaufort – South Carolina – June 2 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; June 3 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

NSB Kings Bay – Georgia – June 5 – TBD

NAS Jacksonville – Florida – June 6 – 2:00 p.m.

NS Mayport – Florida – June 10 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Fort Benning – Georgia – June 12 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; June 13 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Fort Rucker – Alabama – June 16 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; June 17 – 2:00 p.m.

NAS Pensacola – Florida – June 19 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; June 20 – 2:00 p.m.

Keesler AFB – Mississippi – June 23-24 – TBD

NAS JRB New Orleans – Louisiana – June 25-26 – TBD

Fort Polk – Louisiana – June 29-30 – TBD

The White House Helps Celebrate the Month of the Military Child

NEW YORK -- A little girl talks to her father, Sgt. Jeff Gerbier, motor transportation operator, 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, as he rides a bus with the rest of the returning Marines to their Brooklyn headquarters. The Marines returned from their Iraq deployment, Nov. 25 just before the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)

From the White House Blog:

Supporting military families is a top Obama Administration priority. April is Month of the Military Child and gives the nation the opportunity to recognize the character, strength and sacrifices of America’s military children as well as the role they play in the armed forces community. Today, there are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18-years-old with a parent serving in the military and approximately 900,000 children and youth with one or both parents deployed multiple times. Learn more about the Month of the Military Child here.

Help us celebrate this important month by:

  • Watching this video of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden talk about the important role military children play in the armed forces community
  • Read the blog post “With You All the Way” from Trevor Romain, whose DVD of the same name will soon be available to help kids cope with deployments and homecomings
  • Check out photos from the Family Care Package stuffing party, hosted by Dr. Biden

Thank you to all of the military families and children whose support of our Troops makes this country so great!

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