As President Donald Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, he announced that he would host a large-scale Fourth of July celebration in Washington.
On Wednesday, details of the holiday event started to emerge.
The public celebration, titled, Salute to America, will take place on the National Mall throughout the day and into the evening on July 4. It will include a parade, live musical performances, military demonstrations, and an evening fireworks display.
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a news release, stating, “There is no more appropriate place to celebrate the anniversary of American independence than among the Nation’s monuments on the National Mall and the memorials to the service men and women who have defended the United States for he past 243 years.”
“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,” he said.
The parade, which takes place from 11:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., will include marching bands, fife and drum corps, military groups, floats, giant balloons, equestrian teams, and other performers—a traditional July 4th parade.
From 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., President Trump will give his “Salute to America,” addressing the crowd from in front of the Lincoln Memorial. In his remarks, Trump is expected to pay tribute to the different branches of the U.S. military. Performing groups will share live music and military demonstrations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
From 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra will sponsor an outdoor concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring a variety of American music. Gates open at 3:00 p.m.
Fireworks over the National Mall, from behind the Lincoln Memorial, will begin shortly after 9:00 p.m. and will be visible from surrounding areas.
Room rates for the Washington-area hotels are reportedly already becoming very high for the evening of July 3 and 4, and some hotels are beginning to sell out.