President Trump plans to deliver a speech to the nation from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, a move that will force the relocation of the holiday’s annual fireworks display off of the National Mall and to another part of D.C., reports The Washington Post.
Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, confirmed that the president plans to speak at the memorial on the 4th of July.
“It’s still kind of an evolving event,” he said.
Delgado said the agency was working with the White House to determine how Trump’s movements would affect security surrounding the speech, reports the Post.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst declined to give details of the rebranded celebration, which White House officials have branded “A Salute to America.”
“The White House will make a statement,” Litterst told the newspaper. “We continue to work with the White House on creating a Salute to America program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in [a] celebration of our great nation.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), who confirmed that the park service had informed the city that Trump will speak, has previously said she opposed the president’s efforts to take over the event and inject himself into the program, citing security, tone and logistics.
Bowser told the paper that she hopes Trump does not employ divisive rhetoric during his speech.
“The president can speak at any event that he wants to speak at,” she said. “And my great hope would be that he recognizes that the event is a unifying event that celebrates the birthday of our nation.”
The paper also reported that the Trump administration plans to move the fireworks display, normally held at the National Mall, to West Potomac Park.