A mistake in a tweet sent by President Trump that referenced "Aircraft One" forced the Commander-in-Chief to delete the message. The president has been taken with the idea of a military display since attending Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in 2017.
He called the history of the United States "the epic tale of a great nation of people who have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true". According to the Department of Interior, this year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, will feature music, flyovers, fireworks, and an address by President Trump.
Trump promoted the event all week, promising there would be tanks on display.
"As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that we all share a truly extraordinary heritage".
A celebration of patriotism, not politics - that's what U.S. In a letter to acting secretary of defense Mark T Esper, secretary of the interior David Bernhardt, and secretary of transportation Elaine L Chao, he expressed worry that the Trump administration is wasting scarce national park, infrastructure and defence funding on a military-style vanity project that some warn could cause damage to the National Mall and other infrastructure.
He was the first president in almost seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on Independence Day.
In addition to raising questions about whether this is a frugal use of taxpayer money, the decision is also controversial, because the Republican National Committee and Trump's 2020 reelection campaign are distributing passes to VIPs to the event.
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Protesters flew a giant Baby Trump balloon, burned an American flag, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, and demonstrated their opposition to the President's policies with a variety of signs. Vendors sold mini-Trump baby balloons on wooden sticks for demonstrators to wave.
Protesters included these anti-abortion activists.
But Trump supporters have hit dismissed the insulting remarks.
The cost of Thursday's celebration, including all the preparation, could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mike Pence has arrived at the Lincoln memorial where supporters of the president have gathered, many wearing raincoats, to hear him speak.
But Trump tweeted the cost "will be very little compared to what it is worth".
Those not in Washington on Thursday celebrated Independence Day around the county with parades, picnics and fireworks.