Here’s what we know about what’s changing in DC for the Fourth of July this year in roughly the order we learned about it:
Although the Lincoln Memorial is usually utilized for fireworks watching, this year it will feature a speech by Trump. The area in front of the memorial has been cordoned off for a VIP area and tickets have been distributed to the RNC and political donors, among others.
Folk Life Festival wraps before July 4th
It’s unrelated to Trump’s “Salute to America,” but in a major change partially related to the government shutdown earlier in the year, the Smithsonian truncated its yearly Folk Life Festival from 10 days down to just two. The festival, which is meant to expose Americans attending July Fourth celebrations to other cultures, wrapped over the weekend. Instead, this year the festival celebrated the social power of music in the DC area.
Due to Trump’s event, the launch site for the DC fireworks show was moved from the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial to West Potomac park, along the Potomac river.
Fireworks show gets bigger
The DC fireworks show, televised on PBS, usually runs about 20 minutes from 9:07 until 9:27 p.m. ET. This year, thanks to a donation by a fireworks company, it will run a full 35 minutes and wrap at 9:42 p.m. ET.
Blue Angels, Air Force One will do flyover
Trump will speak around 6:30 p.m. ET, and there will be a 21-gun salute and a flyover by the plane that’s known as Air Force One when the President is aboard, according to a defense official.
Trump will say an introduction and then speak individually about each service. He will first talk about the Coast Guard, with his remarks being followed by the Coast Guard flyover. This format will be repeated for the Air Force, then the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Army.
The President will then make closing remarks and the Navy’s elite airshow squadron, the Blue Angels — which canceled a planned rest to participate — will do their demonstration.
DC airspace closed
The closures will impact nearly 100 scheduled flights, according to a CNN review of flight records.
The last time DC airspace was closed was in 2015, when World War II fighters did a ceremonial flyover along the Mall.
Tanks on display
Trump confirmed to reporters that there will be tanks and other armored vehicles on display for his event. Military officials tell CNN they will not parade along Pennsylvania Avenue and Trump acknowledges the tracks on the vehicles could ruin city streets.
The DC City Council opposes the display of military vehicles in this way, but Trump wants to celebrate the military on Independence Day. They rolled into town Tuesday night on trains.
Protests planned, including the Baby Trump balloon
Political allies get VIP tickets
Money diverted to cover costs
It’s nowhere near the budget-busting $90 million estimate Trump got for his preferred Veterans Day parade of thousands of service members through DC streets, but there is certainly a cost to the “Salute to America.” What that cost will ultimately be is not clear.
In a tweet, Trump said the cost would be “very little compared to what it’s worth.” It’s just not clear how much very little is.
Military chiefs concerned
There will, however be approximately 750-800 military personnel taking part in the “Salute to America,” the defense official told CNN.
Thunderstorms are a real possibility
Okay, this happens all the time in DC’s muggy climate, but everyone should be on the lookout for thunder, lightning, and a possible fireworks redo.
CNN’s Ryan Browne and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.