(CBS) — Despite widespread criticism over the distracting from the holiday, President Donald Trump is set to honor America’s armed forces with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more in the administration’s “Salute to America” on July 4th. The president’s critics have chastised him for bringing costly military equipment reminiscent of more dictatorial regimes and for placing himself center stage in the typically nonpartisan celebration.
Participants in Thursday’s spectacular include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and others.
4th of July “Salute to America”
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Time: Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Show set for 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Washington, DC, Lincoln Memorial – National Mall
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Thursday’s run of the show
According to the president, the big 4th of July “Salute to America” will include military flyovers and the “biggest ever fireworks.” Typically, the District’s fireworks display on the National Mall is open to the public, with thousands flocking to the nation’s capital for the show and concert from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The president’s “Salute to America,” which is scheduled to take place between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., will include a large area from the Lincoln Memorial extending to the reflecting pool, about 1500 feet, that will be reserved for ticketed VIP guests, including Trump family, friends and administration officials.
Here’s what else is expected:
- Military flyover (Mr. Trump is likely to show off the F-35 jets he recently displayed)
- Military band performances
- Fireworks display
- Trump’s presidential address
The U.S. Secret Service tells CBS that the “Salute to America” event specifically will be secured by the U.S. Secret Service, separate from the rest of the July 4th activities within DC. Attendees will be required to undergo an additional level of security screening to include magnetometers.