This year the celebration is organized with special attention to the armed forces of the country.
The United States celebrates Independence Day on Thursday. On this day fireworks, concerts, picnics and family feasts are traditionally held throughout the country. Contrary to tradition, this year at one of the events President Donald Trump will make a speech.
The holiday, celebrated on July 4, is dedicated to the adoption of the Declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. On this day, hundreds of thousands of people come to Washington to watch the concert and fireworks on the National alley.
This year, Trump announced an additional event called “Salute to America,” designed to emphasize the military power of the country. As part of this event, Trump will make a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“People come from all over the world to join us today for a celebration that promises to be one of the largest in the history of our country, – he wrote. – Salute to America is an event that will take place all day at the Lincoln Memorial, and its culmination will be a large-scale military parade with the participation of the most modern and advanced aircraft in the world.”
The Defense Department on Wednesday confirmed that acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the head of the joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford, accepted the President’s invitation.
The event will be attended by other senior representatives of the Defense Ministry, including the acting Deputy Minister of the US Army, the Minister of the Navy, the acting Minister of the air force, the Deputy Head of the Command for the development of combat operations of the Marine Corps and the commander of the Coast guard.
In addition, according to the Defense Ministry, the White House provided 5,000 tickets for the event to other servicemen and their families.