President Donald Trump’s second annual Independence Day celebration will feature one major change from last year. It will have no tanks or other military equipment on static display in the nation’s capital.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper last week approved an Interior Department request for the 2020 “Salute to America,” providing aerial, musical and ceremonial support to the day’s events, said Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesperson.
This year, the festivities will also include a flyover of Mount Rushmore, as well as an “aerial salute” to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.