In Photos: Trump’s Independence Day in Washington DC

Donald Trump is overseeing Fourth of July celebrations with a speech about patriotism and a show of military might that critics say is politicizing an important holiday and wasting taxpayers’ money. The president has dismissed concerns about the event in front of the Lincoln Memorial that is featuring fireworks, a flyover by Air Force One and a display of tanks.

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Fireworks explode over the National Mall

Photograph: José Luis Magaña/AP

Donald Trump speaks during the “Salute to America” behind what appears to be bullet proof glass

Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly past during the Salute to America

Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

A fireworks display follows the Salute to America ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial

Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

People reacts as a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber and two F-22 fighter jets fly overhead

Photograph: Al Drago/POOL/EPA

Crowds are massed around the Reflecting Pool as Donald Trump speaks

Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the Salute to America

Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters

People gather along the reflecting pool in the rain

Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle surrounded by audience members

Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Donald Trump gestures as he leaves

Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators burn a national flag in front of the White House

Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

A marching band performs under rain

Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images


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  1. Bill Riedel says

    Wow! What a great celebration and what a great president! God has blessed America.

    1. Susan says