As Trump's Independence Day plans develop, major DC travel hub will cease operation


President Donald Trump doesn’t do anything small.  His ideas are almost always brimming with grandiosity – something that has kept him in constant opposition with the DC establishment who prefers to work in small increments and at a metered pace.

And then they’ll have the audacity to ask for a raise.

So when it comes to celebrating that most American of holidays, the Fourth of July, President Trump certainly isn’t going to dial back the bombastic or gregarious nature of his patriotism.  Oh no, he’ll be going whole hog for Independence Day.

Even if that means closing an airport to pull it off.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport would be suspended between 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. ET to allow a ceremonial flyover of military aircraft.

The runways will also be closed from 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. ET for the annual fireworks display, which is not connected to Trump’s “Salute to America.” 

Such a closure is unprecedented for July 4 events, an official said. The launch point for the fireworks has been moved from the National Mall to a nearby park to accommodate Trump’s Lincoln Memorial display.

The President has also requested that a parade of military equipment, including tanks, be part of the show.  Those vehicles began arriving in DC just hours ago.

Trump orders tanks for Independence Day parade

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 2, 2019

Omg the tanks are already in D.C.

— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) July 2, 2019

Tanks arrive in DC ahead of Trump’s July 4th event

— The Hill (@thehill) July 2, 2019

The “resistance” has already begun lambasting the celebration, using the military showmanship to liken the President to strongmen such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

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