Trump announces July Fourth celebration on the National Mall with ‘your favorite president’

In an announcement that appeared to catch many off guard, President Donald Trump on Sunday promised a July Fourth celebration on the National Mall this summer like no other, complete with a presidential address, fireworks and entertainment – in a city that already hosts an annual concert and fireworks there.

“HOLD THE DATE!” Trump tweeted shortly before 8 a.m. “We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called ‘A Salute To America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

It was initially unclear if the festivities Trump alluded to would complement or compete with the existing celebration on the Mall that has been held for decades. There also are no details on who would pay for it.

“While no final decisions have been made, we continue to work on creating a Salute to America program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in celebration of our great nation,” National Parks Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email, raising the question of whether “Salute to America” had been this year’s theme all along. “For specific questions regarding the content of the president’s Tweets, please contact the White House .”