Crowds are already gathering for President Trump’s MASSIVE “Salute to America on this Independence Day!
The President just announced it’s looking like it will be incredible:
Here's a live look from ABC News:
The Hill had this to report:
On Wednesday night, Trump had pledged that the Independence Day event will be "one of the biggest celebrations in the history of our Country."
The president has come under criticism for his "Salute to America," which Democrats say risks politicizing what should be a celebration for all Americans. Detractors have also objected to the military's prominent presence, with tanks brought into Washington and multiple flyovers scheduled for the evening.
The Fourth of July festivities are scheduled to kick off with a speech from Trump at the Lincoln Memorial at 6:30 p.m.
The weather could prove a factor, with forecasts calling for storms on Thursday evening.
And from Yahoo:
Tanks, protests and fireworks, oh my!
Thousands will be gathering Thursday in the nation's capital to celebrate the birth of America for its annual fireworks event, which this year will feature Army tanks, a flyover of military jets, Air Force One and fireworks. The centerpiece? A speech from President Donald Trump — the first time in decades that a president has addressed the crowd.
But protests are expected and Trump is facing criticisms over the costs of the event and has been accused of injecting politics into a traditionally nonpartisan event. This year's celebration won't just attract tourists, Washington, D.C., residents and families looking to observe the holiday. Both protesters and supporters of the president are descending to the heart of the nation's capital – potentially putting the patriotic holiday on a collision course for partisan fights.
'This says something'
Many people donning the MAGA hats stopped one another along the National Mall when they saw others wearing the same hat or shirt, yelling “Make America Great Again” or “Go Trump!”
Jim Sutton usually attends the parade each year with his wife, Gigi. But the couple, who sported head-to-toe Trump gear, said something felt different this year.
“It’s just fantastic,” Gigi Sutton said, in her white Trump T-shirt and flag pants.
The pair said the criticism aimed at Trump’s use of military equipment in the event was unwarranted.
“We’ve been having all these problems with Iran, North Korea. This says something,” Gigi Sutton said. Her husband chimed in, “it lets the world know our nation’s defense is well at hand.”
Security was particularly tight in the city leading up to Trump's speech later in the evening. Authorities have blocked off several blocks surrounding the Lincoln Memorial. Large tan, military vehicle blocked entryway into the memorial with Army National Guardsmen packing into the beds of pickup trucks ready for the day’s festivities.
Meanwhile, here was the relatively small protest scene by a bunch of losers:
Free while they last.....
Only while they last.