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President Trump moving forward with plans to address the nation in Washington, DC, is the annual 4. Of July celebration as part of a ceremony complete with military performances and flyovers.
The Interior Department on Wednesday revealed the plans after months of discussions and controversy about how exactly the President planned to put his mark on the capital to celebrate.
The Minister of the interior David Bernhardt announced the details of the independence day Salute to America celebration, which has called the administration”.”
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“There is no better place to celebrate the anniversary of American independence, as in the case of the Nation’s monuments on the National Mall and the memorials to the service men and women who have years of defending the United States in the past, 243,” Bernhardt said in a statement Wednesday. “For the first time in many years, the World war II Memorial and the areas around the Reflecting Pool to be open is to enjoy the public, which is a breathtaking fireworks and an address from our Commander-in-Chief.”
He added: “We are excited to open these new areas, so that more visitors will be celebrations this year, Independence Day in the capital of our nation.”
According to the Department of the interior, the National Independence Day Parade starts in the morning and lasts until early afternoon, at 4. July—fully equipped with marching bands, drum corps, military units, giant balloons, drill teams and more.
In the early evening, around 6:30 PM, Trump’s “Salute to America” celebration will begin. The event is scheduled, a “celebration of America’s military music, military performances and flyovers.” U.S. military aircraft are expected to be part of the overflight and of a Boeing passenger aircraft as Air Force One.
As part of the celebration, the President is scheduled to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial—a step that has to the criticism from Democrats.
“President Trump’s efforts to insert politics in a celebration of the history of our nation is extremely alarming,” House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement earlier this month. “Forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for what amounts to a political rally is irresponsible and a misuse of funds. I strongly recommend to reconsider the President, his proposed event.”
Hoyer is among several house Democrats who wrote a letter to Trump the 6. June asked him to give up his plans, saying they fear it will “create the appearance of a TV broadcast, partisan-campaign-rally on the Mall at the public expense.” The President asked to reconsider, Democrats accused him of wanting to make the event about themselves.
In the meantime, the management will also co-sponsor a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol, which will feature the National Symphony Orchestra.
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Later, the “spectacular fireworks” begins on the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park, and behind it the Lincoln Memorial, and are expected to be from locations in Washington DC, and Northern Virginia.
Trump teased the celebration on Tuesday, during the presentation of his 2020 re-election campaign rally.
“By the way, on 4. July in Washington DC, come on down! We have a great day!” Trump said. “We have hundreds of thousands of people!”
Trump has been hinting at a new Independence Day celebration for months, tweeting in November: “KEEP THE DATE! We have one of the largest events in the history of Washington, DC, on 4. July. It’s called “A Salute to America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Great fireworks, entertainment and an address from your favorite President, me!”
But the new plans are some logistical issues with officials of the city have raised.
“We have a lot of people come on the Fourth of July. Logistically, has been developed over the years, the kinks,” DC mayor Muriel Bowser told the Washington Post last month. “We don’t want to throw off what works already.”
The move to change the 4. Of July celebrations in Washington comes after Trump floated the possibility of holding a military parade, an idea he got when he was around Bastille Day celebrations in France.
But the military parade idea was dropped after senior White house and Pentagon would be appreciated leader, it cost $92 million.
“When you are asked, please give us a price for the holding of a large solemn military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled[sic] it. Never let someone you hold!” Trump tweeted in the past year.
Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.