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Trump takes over national 'Fourth of July' event

IANS  |  Washington 

US has effectively taken charge of the countrys premier Fourth of July celebration in Washington, moving the gargantuan display from its usual spot and making tentative plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to top administration officials.

on the Mall, which the has orchestrated for more than half a century, draw hundreds of thousands of Americans annually and mark one of the highlights of the city's tourist season, The Post reported.

The event has been broadcast live on television since 1947 and since 1981 has been accompanied by a free concert on the West Lawn of the US Capitol featuring high-profile musicians and a performance by the

The new event, to be called "A Salute to America," will shift the launch to West Potomac Park, less than a mile southwest of its usual location near the Monument.

In addition to a possible address by Trump, the location may feature a second stage of entertainment apart from the performers at the Capitol, the administration officials said on Friday.

The new event has become a top priority for new David Bernhardt, whom Trump tasked with the job three months ago, the officials added.

The has received regular briefings on the effort in the Oval Office and has gotten involved in the minutiae of the planning - even discussing whether the fireworks should be launched from a barge in the Potomac River, they said.

Trump has sometimes featured fireworks at his political events, including at a campaign rally this week in Panama City,

The is also taking steps to expand fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the US.

No US has participated in a Fourth of July celebration on the Mall, usually celebrating instead at the

Late President participated in a "to America" at the on July 3, 1987, which showcased an economic announcement, but the regular fireworks celebration happened the next day as usual.

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 12:48 IST
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