On July 4, Americans celebrate United States independence from Britain.
Carnivals, fireworks, picnics and concerts are common in the US, in addition to various other public events celebrating the history and traditions of the country.
But this year there will be a change. Here is a closer look at the holiday and its origin:
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, two days after a vote on whether to separate from the United Kingdom.
The declaration drafted by Thomas Jefferson declared that the US was no longer subjected to the British Monarch and that the existing 13 colonies were united, free and independent states.
This year, with tanks in the heart of Washington, fighter jets screaming overhead, and a speech by President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial, the president is promising the “show of a lifetime”.
But this year, at around 6:30pm (22:30 GMT), Trump will take to the hallowed steps of the Lincoln Memorial for an unprecedented “Salute to America” event that will include a televised address, military hardware and a giant fireworks display. The nation’s top military brass will have a front row seat.
At 8pm (00:00 GMT) a concert is expected, while fireworks will be launched an hour later in West Potomac Park. Protests against the hardware display are expected at 7:30pm (23:30 GMT)
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2019
This year, Democrats in Congress have questioned whether the president will turn a nonpartisan patriotic celebration into a taxpayer-funded campaign rally.
Republican political groups confirmed that they had been given prime tickets for Trump’s speech.
Many are up in arms about what all this is going to cost. The White House has so far refused to put a number on it.
The statue honouring civil war President Abraham Lincoln is famous as the location for Martin Luther King Jr’s epic 1963 “I have a dream” speech.
But Trump’s inspiration appears to be taken less from that civil rights cry than a Bastille Day military parade he attended in 2017 as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.
So impressed was Trump that he came up with the idea of putting on a major extravaganza for Veteran’s Day, which is marked on November 11. But an outcry over the almost $100m price tag meant it had to be scrapped.
Now he will get a scaled-back version. As he prepared for the big day, Trump downplayed the issue of cost.
“The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth,” Trump wrote.
“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door [Andrews], all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!”
Tanks but no tanks, say DC residents to Trump pic.twitter.com/EYROUUGrGk
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) July 3, 2019