Trump books Lincoln Memorial for Independence Day gala he'll host

Though the event he's calling "A Salute to America" is months away, he's boasting it'll be one of the city's biggest Independence Day gatherings ever.
Image: Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is seen before dawn in Washington on Dec. 22, 2018.Carolyn Kaster / AP

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
SUBSCRIBE
By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he'll host a July Fourth celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. And though the event he's calling "A Salute to America" is months away, he's boasting it'll be one of the city's biggest Independence Day gatherings ever.

Here's what seems to be known: Trump will give a speech and there'll be fireworks, expected to be the free annual holiday show from the National Park Service.

Here's what's not known: Who'll provide the entertainment and how it may fit in with the annual evening concert on the Capitol's West Lawn and the usual holiday parades.

Trump's past crowd estimates have drawn criticism. Trump claimed that up to 1.5 million people attended his inauguration at the Capitol and National Mall, but Park Service photographs undermined that claim.