'Salute to America' Trump delivers Independence Day address in DC

LIVE: Donald Trump’s military-style 4th of July parade in Washington

Trump did not explain why, given the failure of the teleprompter, he began talking about airports in colonial America. We've shared some of those photos below.

The president's speech was entirely apolitical, despite the allegations of his critics, who said Trump would politicize the national holiday.

"And I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter", he said.

Trump originally meant to hold a military parade for Veterans Day previous year, but plans were scuttled when the price escalated.

"What's wrong with pausing for a few hours to celebrate our nation and all that we stand for?" said one New York-based father of four and a military veteran.

Thousands will be gathering in Washington DC to participate in President Donald Trump's Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday.

During his address, Trump is also expected to praise the USA military forces.

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Trump transformed the routine Independence Day celebrations in the capital into an unprecedented show, with a parade, military band performances, aircraft flyovers, and a fireworks display billed to be the largest in Washington history. "Today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of American Freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it", he will say.

Trump promoted the event all week, promising there would be tanks on display. Photos of the Washington Monument went viral on Twitter.

However Trump made an awkward blunder during the hour long speech while paying tribute to the USA army.

Medea Benjamin, a protester with the group, said the presence of tanks on the street scared her.

Yet plenty of Americans enjoyed and appreciated the event on the evening of July 4 as the nation celebrated its 243rd birthday. "I think people really liked it", he said, adding that he believes it will be a great recruitment moment for America's armed services. Perhaps even Air Force One will do a low & loud sprint over the crowd.

Rain poured down throughout the day in Washington, D.C. But a crowd of people swarmed the area to celebrate the United States.

Meanwhile, many are expected to come for protests including a planned USA flag burning demonstration, a huge "Baby Trump" blimp and a 16-foot-tall "Dumping Trump" robot.

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