President Barack Obama and a number of 2016 presidential candidates have released messages wishing the country a happy Fourth of July.  Some, like the president and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, made videos, while others sent out tweets or released statements on their website. 

Check out the messages below.

President Barack Obama 

President Obama plans to spend this Fourth of July outdoors grilling with his family. It's also first daughter Malia Obama's birthday, so it's "extra fun" for the family, he said. In the video, President Obama takes the time to thank those who serve in the Army as well as their families. 

Donald Trump (R)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)

This Independence Day, Bush will be attending two parades in New Hampshire and will spend the late afternoon with his mother and father. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 

In a statement released on his campaign website, the Republican senator from Texas shared his hope for America. Through the story of how we got our independence and how his family came to the United States, Sen. Cruz wanted to remind us that America is a place of limitless opportunity. 

"Today, we live out the Founders' promise to America -- that a free people pursuing their dreams would lead to limitless possibilities," Cruz said. "We're an exceptional nation, and it is up to each of us to keep it that way." 

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D)

Dr. Ben Carson (R)