Written by Spring Phoenix
This year's Independence Day in Washington, D.C. is being called "Salute to America". It will feature a speech from President Donald J. Trump in honor of our armed services, military demonstrations and flyovers that include a Boeing jetliner used as Air Force One.
These events are separate or in addition to the annual A Capital Fourth celebration.
On Tuesday, at the President's 2020 re-election rally he told his supporters "By the way, on July 4th in Washington, D.C., come on down! We're going to have a big day."
Supporters of the President have been awaiting further details of the additional events since he made the initial announcement in February.
In addition, this year, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial and Constitution Gardens will be accessible to the public during the celebrations and are ideally located to view the grand fireworks display.
(see full schedule below)
Announcement from the Department of Interior Press Office:
Schedule of Events
National Independence Day Parade – Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday!
Salute to America – Lincoln Memorial
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
President Trump leads a celebration of America’s military with music, military demonstrations and flyovers. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
A Capitol Fourth Concert – West Lawn the U.S. Capitol
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, A Capital Fourth honors our nation’s 243rd birthday with an all-star salute of the best in American entertainment. Gates open at 3 p.m.
9:07 p.m. – 9:27 p.m.
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial. They will be visible from locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia.
Of course the event is not without controversy. Many Democrats believe that this will be a rally for the President and are still deciding whether to boycott or protest the event even though it is clear that the President just wishes to make a speech.
It will no doubt be a message about the birth of our nation, perseverance, our forefathers, the constitution, freedom, liberty, our armed services and the American spirit. Those are things all American's can all stand by on Independence Day.