Washington: President Donald Trump’s July 4th celebration filled with military pomp and circumstance is set to return for a second year.
Details on President Trump’s 2nd “Salute to America” event in the capital were released on Wednesday – and it will include not only the traditional fireworks display, but demonstrations from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds.
The celebration on the National Mall will feature a mile-long firing of 10,000 fireworks that will be “the largest in recent memory”. 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them but despite health concerns from DC’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.
The day before the DC event, Trump will be in South Dakota to watch a military flyover at Mount Rushmore. There will be also be an “aerial salute” on July 4 to several cities that played key roles in the American Revolution: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.
Like Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC, authorities elsewhere are also advising people that for this Fourth of July when corona cases are going through the roof, it is important to stay safe and healthy, and celebrate the holiday with the people you live with. “The most patriotic thing they can do this year is to stay at home,” is the message.