The White House said Friday that President Trump will stage a second “Salute to America” celebration in Washington, DC, on the Fourth of July.
The news is likely to thrill Trump supporters and outrage local officials and Democrats.
There are signs the event will be pared back from last year when Trump drew throngs of patriotic tourists to the National Mall for an address that doubled as an expo of US military might.
This year there won’t be a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, which overlooks a vast plaza around the Reflecting Pool.
Instead, the White House said in a statement that Trump and first lady Melania Trump “will host the 2020 Salute to America on the South Lawn of the White House and Ellipse,” an area located between the White House and the Washington Monument.
“In addition to music, military demonstrations, and flyovers to honor our Nation’s service members and veterans, the President will deliver remarks that celebrate our independence and salute our amazing heritage. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall,” the statement said.