Trump marks Independence Day with salute to military

LIVE: Donald Trump’s military-style 4th of July parade in Washington

Independence Day parade under way in Washington

Donald Trump's plans for the 4th of July celebrations this year are expansive, to say the least. We've shared some of those photos below.

Critics accused Trump of politicizing the Fourth of July, a traditionally nonpartisan holiday.

As he was leaving for his golf club in New Jersey for the weekend, Trump blamed the flub on the teleprompter which, he said, malfunctioned after being deluged by rain.

The Pentagon has not revealed the cost of the extravaganza, which many believe was inspired by Trump's visit to the Bastille Day parade hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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"People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest celebrations in the history of our Country", Mr Trump tweeted this morning.

Trump's planned addition to the usual Fourth of July festivities includes displays of military hardware, flyovers by military aircraft, a Trump speech at the Lincoln Memorial and a longer-than-usual fireworks show.

Military jets fly over the Lincoln Memorial during President Donald Trump's "Salute to America" event in Washington, on July 4, 2019.

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There were fears Trump would turn the nation's birthday party into a political event by talking about what he feels are his accomplishments as president.

Code Pink, an organization that says it works to end USA wars and militarism, filled up a large diapered "Baby Trump" balloon on the National Mall in protest.

The cost of Thursday's celebration, including all the preparation, could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

However Trump made an awkward blunder during the hour long speech while paying tribute to the U.S. army. "I think people really liked it", he said, adding that he believes it will be a great recruitment moment for America's armed services. Air Force One is the presidential plane.

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The July 4th holiday celebrates the USA founders' declaring independence from Britain in 1776.

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