WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - It’s about four months away, but President Donald Trump has some pretty big plans for the Fourth of July in the District this summer. He announced on Sunday that he’s hosting a July 4th celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
However, Mayor Muriel Bowser told FOX 5 Monday that not only have D.C. officials not heard from the White House, there is also already planning underway for the city’s traditional July 4th celebration. There’s a parade down Constitution Avenue, the annual “Capitol Fourth” concert at the U.S. Capitol and the fireworks over The Mall.
Sunday, the President tweeted: “We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called ‘A Salute to America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial.” He also said he’d make an address during the celebration.
But Bowser made it clear — she has concerns about planning, costs and security.
“Planning for that to make sure that all the participants are safe down on The Mall is not something that you can wing, it has to be planned and planned well, and moving the President during that could be a very considerable undertaking for our MPD, which would pull them off the already large crowds that we have,” said Bowser.
This isn’t the first time the President called for a big celebration. After attending a military parade in France, he repeatedly declared he wanted such a parade in Washington, which never happened after pushback from D.C officials and cost estimates as high as $92 million. Last August, Trump blamed D.C. for the cancelation of his military parade, saying they’d demanded a “ridiculous price” to stage the event.
Most people FOX 5 asked said they’re curious if the President wants to celebrate America or celebrate himself. A few folks said they’d be curious to hear what he’d bring to the table.
The National Park Service issued a statement to FOX 5 Monday saying: "While no final decisions have been made, we continue to work on creating a ‘Salute to America’ program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in celebration of our great nation."
D.C. officials say they need to hear from the White House about their plans — and they need to hear about them soon.