WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - D.C. officials say President Trump will speak at the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office confirmed Wednesday that they’ve been told Trump will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. In a tweet several months ago, Trump said he was planning an event called ‘A Salute To America,’ featuring “an address by your favorite President, me!”
“We understand the federal government is moving forward with plans that include a 'Salute to America,' but we do not have details beyond that and urge the federal government to make that information available to the public,” said LaToya Foster, spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. “Planning for the 4th of July have always been and continue to be within the jurisdiction of the federal government.”
Tourists and residents of D.C. had mixed opinions about the president’s plans. Several people told FOX 5 they hope the speech will be positive and not political.
The National Park Service, like the mayor’s office, said the agency doesn’t have all the details on what the White House is planning but said ‘Salute to America’ events should coincide and not change regularly scheduled annual events.
“We continue to work with the White House on creating a Salute to America program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in celebration of our nation,” said NPS spokesman Mike Litterst. “While the details of that program have not yet been announced by the White House, we do not anticipate conflicts or overlap with any of the day’s other scheduled events, including the National Independence Day Parade, A Capitol Fourth, or the fireworks show.”
He said there will be some minor changes to the fireworks show with the launch location moving approximately 1500 feet, from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to West Potomac Park (between the Lincoln Memorial and the FDR Memorial). The show will also be lengthened from 17 1/2 minutes to 20 minutes.