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White House Finally Makes Fourth of July Plans

The "Salute to America" sequel will be much smaller this year.

A previous flyover. Photograph by Dan Swartz.

There won’t be tanks at the Lincoln Memorial this year. After weeks of silence, the White House finally  released its plans for a scaled-down July 4 “Salute to America” sequel on Friday. It won’t be as grand as last year’s.

This year’s events will take place on the White House’s South Lawn and on the Ellipse. A press release promises “music, military demonstrations, and flyovers” and that President Trump will deliver remarks. And there will be fireworks over the Mall, even though there won’t be a parade.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.