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Military planes to soar over NYC, Philadelphia on Fourth of July

Twelve U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds jets execute a flyover over the New Jersey and New York area in formation to salute those working on the frontlines against COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The Blue Angels fly in front of the moon over the Hudson River as seen from Hamilton Park in Weehawken. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal Format 960 x 641 Color JPEG Category n Special Instructions NC WEB LN BL/TNS)

A group of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps planes will fly over two nearby major cities on the Fourth of July.

The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River in New York City at 5 p.m. in five waves and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty, according to a release from the Department of Defense.

The planes will then fly over the center of Philadelphia around 5:15 p.m. approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground, officials said.

The aircraft will be able to be seen flying over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city, the department said.

It’s possible that the planes will also be visible over New Jersey as they fly between New York and Philadelphia, but their exact flight plans were not immediately available.

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The jets are part of the “Salute to America” military flyover, which will pass over both New York City and Philadelphia on a journey from Boston to Washington to celebrate the country’s 244th birthday.

“This flyover represents a small part of our military capacity and capability to continue to protect and defend the nation,” a statement from the department of defense stated.

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels roared across the sky over major New Jersey cities in April to salute to health care workers fighting the coronavirus and another military flyover was held the following month.

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