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July 4th in Washington, DC schedule released: Trump speech, parade, flyovers planned

President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks during a D-Day National Commemorative Event Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Southsea Common in Portsmouth, England (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Department of Interior has unveiled a schedule of events for a large 4th of July celebration set for Washington, D.C.

Events will include an address from President Trump titled “Salute to America,” a parade, military demonstration and flyover and an expansion of open areas along the National Mall.

“For the first time in many years, the World War II Memorial and areas around the Reflecting Pool will be open for the public to enjoy a stunning fireworks display and an address by our Commander-in-Chief,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said. “We are excited to open these new areas so that more visitors may experience this year’s Independence Day celebration in our nation’s capital.”

What we know so far

The memo from the Department of Interior spells out some of what is planned for Independent Day.’

Salute to America will honor each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, known as “Pershing’s Own”, the Armed Forces Chorus, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and others.

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial and Constitution Gardens will each be available as locations from which to view the fireworks. The change comes due to the launch site being moved from the Reflecting Pool to West Potomac Park.

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial will be accessible to the public on Independence Day. In previous years it had been closed due to the old fireworks safety zone.

The National Independence Day Parade will start at 11:45 a.m. ET. The parade will include marching bands, fife and drum corps., floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more.

President Trump’s address will be presented at the Lincoln Memorial at 6:30 p.m. A flyover will be part of his presentation.

A Capitol Fourth Concert will begin at 8 p.m. ET on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The event is co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Fireworks will begin at 9:07 p.m. ET and last until 9:27 p.m. ET. The display will take place over the National Mall and will be visible from locations throughout D.C. and northern Virginia.


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