President Trump and his family will celebrate their first Fourth of July at the White House alongside military families and his staff. The festivities begin with a picnic on the South Lawn before everyone is treated to a fireworks display from the Truman Balcony on Tuesday, according to the White House.
Prior to the holiday, the President and his family spent the weekend at one of his properties in Bedminster, N.J. before returning to Washington on Monday evening.
Trump plans to leave for his second overseas trip on Wednesday, but that won’t stop him from taking part in the annual tradition. According to a White House blog post, every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter has hosted (but not necessarily attended) a Fourth of July picnic at the White House.
Last year, however, bad weather forced President Barack Obama to cancel the outdoor festivities and he instead moved the party inside to the East Room.
Getting out ahead of the holiday, Trump delivered his first Fourth of July speech as POTUS on Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Celebrate Freedom Rally (see video below). During his speech, he reprimanded the media for their unfair coverage of his administration and talked about the good things his administration has done to serve veterans.
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