US Independence Day: Concerts, fireworks and a military parade mark Fourth of July
Updated : 2019-07-05 10:42:26
The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big-name artists like Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan, and Carole King. But Independence Day won't be free from politics, as President Donald Trump's plan for a celebration in Washington featuring a display of tanks, fighter jets, and a stealth bomber is garnering support from some and protests from others. The nation's oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration took place in Bristol, Rhode Island. The events began on Flag Day and culminated with a parade on July Fourth that drew tens of thousands. The annual celebration began in the seaside town in 1785. A soggy, cheering crowd of spectators listened to President Donald Trump pay tribute to the US military on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Trump's speech unfolded in occasional rain, and the warplanes and presidential aircraft he had summoned conducted their flyovers as planned, capped by the Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team. Supporters roared, but protesters also assailed the show, saying it put the president center stage on a holiday traditionally devoted to unity. By adding his own, one-hour "Salute to America" production to capital festivities that typically draw hundreds of thousands anyway, Trump became the first president in nearly seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on Independence Day. Earlier in the day, Washington held its traditional Fourth of July parade.