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.
What had been a nonpolitical, nonpartisan celebration on the National Mall will now likely be a multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-financed political rally, critics worry.
The president has long been fascinated by displays of military might.
The Monument Quilt features thousands of stories of gender-based violence and will be featured on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
Independence Day festivities in the nation's capital will now likely include a Trump speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, reports The Washington Post.
"Deluded DC area man believes he invented 4th of July celebration," one Twitter user wrote.
Paul Rosenfeld intended the blast on Washington's National Mall to draw attention to "sortition," an ancient political ideology, authorities said.
The former House Speaker went straight to Ryan Zinke upon learning of an effort to display the statue on the National Mall.
The National Park Service says a student group sought permission to use the mall first.
Former Interior Department officials warn the move endangers both visitors and America's priceless resources.
“Puerto Rico, you are not forgotten," Lin-Manuel Miranda told a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
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A D.C. councilman wrote a letter to the U.S. Park Police chief calling out the glaring racial double standard.