WATCH: President Trump’s 4th of July “Salute to America”

Author: CBS NEWS
Published: Updated:
The Capitol is seen as the partial government shutdown lurches into a third week with President Donald Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. After no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged shutdown, newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government. Photo via AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite.
The Capitol. (Credit: APJ/ Scott Applewhite)

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

Watching the 4th of July celebrations

Thursday’s run of 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 capitol 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 (President 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.

Copyright ©2023 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.