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An Army driver with the USA 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment, drives a Bradley Fighting Vehicle into place yesterday by the Lincoln Memorial, Washington ahead of today’s Fourth of July festivities

This morning.

Washington DC.

Thousands are gathering  in the US capital to celebrate the birth of America with a parade which this year will feature Army tanks, a flyover of military jets, Air Force One and fireworks.

Via USA Today:

The centerpiece? A speech from President Donald Trump — the first time in decades that a president has addressed the crowd.

But protests are expected and Trump is facing criticisms over the costs of the event and has been accused of injecting politics into a traditionally nonpartisan event. This year’s celebration won’t just attract tourists, Washington, D.C., residents and families looking to observe the holiday.

Both protesters and supporters of the president are descending to the heart of the nation’s capital – potentially putting the patriotic holiday on a collision course for partisan fights.

Thousands expected for Donald Trump’s 4th of July celebration, featuring tanks and lots of protests (USA Today)




Pic: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Last night.

US Ambassador’s residence, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  with the new U.S Ambassador to Ireland Edward F. Crawford to mark the 4th of July Independence Day Celebrations.

Mr Crawford (81) explained that US president Donald Trump had offered him an ambassador posting before he had even been elected.

Asked by Mr Trump what country he would prefer, Mr Crawford responded: “Ireland”. When it was suggested that he give Mr Trump three choices, Mr Crawford said these were “Ireland, Ireland, Ireland”.

US ambassador vows to try to enhance relationship with Ireland (Irish Times)