4th Of July

July Fourth celebrations and protests, plus preparations for two international sporting events, round out this week's images.
Early American soldiers "took over airports," the president said during his July 4 speech. They did not.
The Republican National Committee was accused of trying to cash in on the holiday.
The Army also "manned the air and rammed the ramparts," Trump said at the Lincoln Memorial.
But the "nonpolitical" National Mall event’s tepid turnout is likely to trigger fresh anger from the criticism-sensitive Trump.
“Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” the president declared as military aircraft flew overhead.
A pro-Trump rally outside the White House devolved into white guys surrounding and cursing out a critic of the president.
The search engine puts you in the swing of Independence Day with one catchy contest.
The former defense secretary also explained why Trump's show of military might on the capital's streets is not "in keeping with what our country is all about."
Military vehicles move into the capital city ahead of President Donald Trump's Independence Day event.
The newspaper's editorial board explained why Americans shouldn't be lured by the spectacle of the event.
What had been a nonpolitical, nonpartisan celebration on the National Mall will now likely be a multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-financed political rally, critics worry.
"It’s really a way to honor a family that ... has shown that the country is bigger than any one individual,” said Peter Kauffmann of VoteVets.
The president is planning to turn the holiday into the kickoff of his 2020 campaign, the "Late Show" host says.
Trump riding a bald eagle around the White House lawn?!?
"Deluded DC area man believes he invented 4th of July celebration," one Twitter user wrote.
The MSNBC host questioned why Trump would propose a "Salute to America" that sounds just like Washington's annual July 4 festivities.