Trump plans ‘gathering’ at Lincoln Memorial for July 4th shindig

Matt Saintsing
February 25, 2019 - 11:49 am

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke


President Trump on Sunday announced a “gathering” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July.

“HOLD THE DATE!” Trump tweeted about the day in what he called “A Salute to America.”

The president has long sought a military parade in the nation’s capital, but it looks like he’ll be getting a watered-down version instead.

In February, he said he’d like to see the event become a tradition.

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His interest in a military parade was ignited after attending a French military procession in Paris in 2017. Since then, he’s repeatedly said he wants to see tanks rolling down the street and other military hardware in the skies above Washington.

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But senior military officials scrapped the plan after seeing a reported estimate in excess of $90 million.

The last time a military parade hit the streets of D.C. was in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush proudly stood next to Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkoph celebrating the victory of the Persian Gulf War. Patriot missile batteries, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M1-A1 Abrams tanks, and four F-117 stealth fighter were featured in the gala. The parade cost about $12 million at the time. Adjusted for inflation, it cost approximately $22 million.

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to the nation’s capital each year to celebrate the Fourth of July. Festivities typically include parades, including one down Constitution Avenue.

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