Here Are Trump's 4th Of July Tanks


Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be on display as part of Trump's "Salute to America" event, according to a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the exhibits have not been made public.

For decades, USA presidents have kept a low profile during Washington's annual celebration of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of people to Washington's monument-lined National Mall for a nonpartisan concert and fireworks.

"The content of the event, and the nature of the event, is probably the determining factor" as opposed to donors getting to see Trump up close, he said. He has dubbed it a "Salute to America".

Flyovers, military bands ... and tanks?

The Navy's famed Blue Angels were supposed to be on a break between a performance in Davenport, Iowa on June 30 and one in Kansas City, Mo. on July 6, but will now be doing their storied airborne acrobatics in D.C. on the Fourth, the paper reported.

Trump told reporters Monday that "we're going to have some tanks stationed outside" in "certain areas", adding, "we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abram [sic] tanks".

Trump confirmed USA media reports that in another break with the past, he has asked for major military hardware to be on display.

There's been a number of reports about Trump's interest and involvement in planning the D.C. celebration.

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The annual fireworks display will be held near the Lincoln Memorial instead of its usual location by the Washington Monument.

The show itself will begin at about 9:07 p.m. and run for about 35 minutes, creating a dramatic backdrop behind where the president will have given his speech and giving a premium vantage point for those in D.C.'s Wharf area and for those near the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington.

The longer-than-usual fireworks show is being made possible by donations from two pyrotechnic firms - Phantom Fireworks and Fireworks by Grucci.

Additionally, 900 members of the DC National Guard have been called up to help with traffic control and security on the streets and in the Metro subway system on July 4, according to a military official.

The Democratic-controlled council also posted guidance from the Defence Department about a veterans' event in November a year ago, specifying that "no tanks" should be used in order to "avoid damage to local infrastructure". White House officials intend to give out tickets for attendees to sit in a VIP section and watch Trump's speech but did not develop a distribution system before much of the staff left for Asia last week, according to two administration officials.

Matthew Miller, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Washington field office, also did not have specifics on the guest list. The White House has also provided a select number of tickets to top staffers at federal agencies, who are free to distribute them as they would like. The National Park Service confirmed last week that it is working on awarding a permit to allow the "Baby Trump" balloon to be erected.

One difference is President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the event. Holmes Norton said. "That's not an American way to approach our Fourth of July".

Such a closure is unprecedented for July Fourth events, an official said.