It’s Thursday, July 4. 243 years ago today, the American experiment was officially born.
All the President’s Tanks
Prepare for a day of flags, fireworks, and, well, tanks—at least in Washington, D.C. In the shadow of overwhelming reports about conditions at the southern border and a bewildering battle over the 2020 census, the capital is celebrating the Fourth of July the way President Donald Trump always wanted: with a military parade. Expect to see:
Tanks that weigh around 60 tons (or “about 41 Toyota Corollas”),
Horses parading down Constitution Avenue,
Flyovers by presidential 747s,
The Navy’s Blue Angels squadron performing aerobatics,
And the president himself. Trump will address revelers from the Lincoln Memorial beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST. He is the first president since Harry Truman to give a speech during the festivities on the National Mall.
When Trump teased the idea of a military parade early last year, many decried it. But he “is hardly the first American president—or politician—to be enamored of the military and its equipment,” Krishnadev Calamur wrote in 2018. (Somewhat incredibly, President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade featured a nuclear weapon.) Charlie Dunlap, a former major general, even argued such a parade could help bring America together—and boost the morale of American troops.