Jul 4, 2021
Joe Biden July 4 2021 Independence Day Speech Transcript
President Joe Biden gave a speech on Independence Day, July 4, 2021. Read the transcript of his remarks here.
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President Joe Biden: (00:37)
Today we celebrate America, our freedom, our liberty, our independence. The 4th of July is a sacred day in our country. A day of history, of hope, remembrance and resolve of promise and possibilities. Before me stands monuments of the greatest and the goodness of our nation. Monuments of light and liberty. There’s a towering memorial of George Washington, the general who led a revolution and the president who set our nation on its course. There’s a Memorial of Thomas Jefferson, who words about liberty and equality literally changed the world. And across the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial, they’re stands Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. His arms cross, his eyes fixed ahead towards the promised land where equality is not only an aspiration, but a reality.
President Joe Biden: (01:56)
They help define who we are, guide what we do, remind us of the work that history has given us in our own time. This year, the 4th of July is a day of special celebration, it’s where we are emerging from the darkest of years. The year of pandemic and isolation, the year of pain, fear, and heartbreaking loss. Just think back to where this nation was a year ago, think back to where you were a year ago and think about how far we’ve come. From silent streets to crowded parade groups lined with people waving American flags. From empty stadiums and arenas to fans back to their seats, cheering together again. From families pressing hands against a window to grandparents hugging their grandchildren once again. We’re back to traveling again, we’re back seeing one another again. Businesses are opening and hiring again.
President Joe Biden: (03:13)
We’re seeing record job creation and record economic growth, the best is four decades, and I might add, the best in the world. Today, all across this nation we can say with confidence, America is coming back together. 245 years ago we declared our independence from a distant king. Today, we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. That’s not to say the battle against COVID-19 is over, we’ve gotten a lot more work to do, but just as our declaration in 1776 was a call to action not a reason for complacency or claim a victory was a call to action, the same is true today. Back then we had the power of an idea on our side, today there’s the power of science.
President Joe Biden: (04:23)
Thanks to our heroic vaccine effort we’ve gained the upper hand against his virus. We can live our lives. Our kids can go back to school. Our economy is roaring back. Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 has not been vanquished. We all know powerful variants have emerged like the Delta variant, but the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. My fellow Americans it’s the most patriotic thing you can do. So please, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it, do it now, for yourself, for your loved ones, for your community and for your country. That’s how we’re going to stay ahead of these variants and protect the hard won progress we’ve made. We never again want to be moving work a year ago today.
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President Joe Biden: (05:28)
So today, while the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this, it no longer controls our lives, it no longer paralyzes our nation and it’s within our power to make sure it never does again. And for that, we can thank the scientists and researchers, the educators, and all the other frontline essential workers, like many of you here today. You became the light to see us through the darkness, I hope you know that you, the American people have been part of one of the most remarkable achievements in American history. But in this moment of joy, we know that this day falls hard on all of those who’ve lost a loved one. I’ve told you before, each day, I carry a card in my pocket with my schedule on it, on the back of that schedule on that card, I have the number of Americans who’ve lost their lives to COVID, the precise number. As of tonight, that number is 603,018 people who’ve lost their lives. They’re husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandparents, friends, neighbors, coworkers.
President Joe Biden: (07:01)
But we also remember all those who lost this year that we lost, that families lost to other causes, other causes of death and cruel twists of fate. They two left behind loved ones, unable to grieve or mourn or find closure. Each of them meant the world to someone they left behind. And those of you who have been through all this, know that to heal you have to remember, we have to remember them, and we will commit to always remember them, that’s what we’ll do.
President Joe Biden: (07:45)
I’ve long said that America is unique, unlike every other nation on earth, we were founded based on an idea. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And while we’ve never fully lived up to those words, we have never given up on them. They continue to animate us and they remind us what at our best we as Americans believe. We Americans, we believe in honesty and decency and treating everyone with dignity and respect, giving everyone a fair shot, demonizing no one, giving hate no safe harbor and leaving no one behind. We lead by the power of our example, not the example of our power. We’re part of something so much bigger than ourselves. We stand as a beacon to the world. It’s a code, it’s a code, uniquely an American code. It’s who we are.
President Joe Biden: (08:59)
To all the service members and their families who are here tonight and today, all of you serving around the world, it’s the greatest honor to serve as your commander in chief. Jill and I, and our entire family, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Like so many military families thinking of their loved ones who served, we think of our son, Beau today. You’re all part of a long chain of patriots who pledged their lives and their sacred honor in defense of this nation and democracy around the world for freedom and fair play, for peace and security, opportunity, for the cause of justice, for the soul of America itself. But the defense of all that we love doesn’t fall on your shoulders alone, it falls on all of us, every one of us, every American.
President Joe Biden: (10:11)
Each day we’re reminded, there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life. We have to fight for it, defend it, earn it. Folks, it’s up to all of us to protect the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the right decouple justice under the law, the right to vote and have that vote counted, the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and know that our children and grandchildren will be safe on this planet for generations to come. The right to rise in the world as far as your God given talent can take you, unlimited by barriers of privilege or power.
President Joe Biden: (11:04)
One of the great gifts of the spirit of independence, think about this, one the great gifts is our capacity to see ourselves whole and see ourselves honestly. What we’ve gotten right, what we’ve gotten wrong, it’s a measure of the greatness of America, and we are a great nation. We don’t seek to bury the wrongs, we face them, we work to make it right.
President Joe Biden: (11:39)
History tells us, when we stand together, when we unite in common cause, when we see ourselves not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, then there’s simply no limit what we can achieve, none. And today, you see the results of the unity of purpose, the unity of purpose we’re foraging in our nation. For together, we’re beating the virus. Together, we’re breathing life into our economy. Together, we will rescue our people from division and despair, but together we must do it.
President Joe Biden: (12:21)
Over the past year, we’ve lived through some of our darkest days. Now I truly believe, I give him my word as a Biden, I truly believe robot to see our brightest future. Folks, this is a special nation, a great nation and there is a timeless truth about America, the most powerful idea in the history of the world in the hearts of the people of this country, beats all our hearts. No matter your race or ethnicity, no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation, no matter your disability, no matter your faith, it beats in the heart so rich and poor alike. It unites America, whether your ancestors were native to this land or brought here forcibly and enslaved, whether you were immigrants from generations back like my family that came from Ireland or they’re coming here today looking to build a better life for your family, like our fellow Americans I just swore in in the White House two days ago.
President Joe Biden: (13:45)
The American Creed, we use that phrase the American Creed, because we’re all equal. The Creed, it was written a long time ago, but the geniuses that every generation of Americans has expanded it wider and wider to include those who were excluded before. That’s why it’s never gathered dust in our history books. It’s still alive today, alive in our hearts, alive in the work of our hands, alive not only in the history we read, but in the history we’re making. My fellow Americans, now we are the guardians of that very idea of America. It’s up to us to save it, to preserve it, to build on it, and I know we will. On this sacred day, I look out to those monuments on the National Mall and beyond them into the hearts of our people across the land, and I know this, it’s never, ever been a good bet to bet against America, never.
President Joe Biden: (14:48)
We just have to remember who we are, we are the United States of America, and there’s nothing, nothing we can’t do if we do it together. Folks, happy 4th of July, America. God bless you all and my God protect our troops. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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