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Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event

National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire damage to Big Bend Park. But in recent days, another issue has competed for Smith's attention: how to satisfy President Trump's request to station tanks or other armored military vehicles on the Mall for his planned Fourth of July address to the nation.

Trump to honor US military during Fourth of July address

President Donald Trump’s participation in the nation’s annual Fourth of July celebration will include a Trump speech honoring America’s armed forces, along with music, military demonstrations and flyovers, the administration announced Wednesday, about two weeks before the patriotic holiday.

On July 4, Americans celebrate their union, rue divisions

With backyard barbecues and fireworks thundering across night skies, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday.