Whether you love President Donald Trump or loathe him, you should recognize that he has made a sad, serious mistake injecting politics into the Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall in Washington.

In February, the president announced that he was going to take over the annual July Fourth celebration, to create “A Salute to America” and it would feature entertainment, a major fireworks display and “an address by your favorite President, me!”

Since the program has long featured entertainment and fireworks, it was clear the most important element would be the last.

Since then, the president has promising tanks, fighter jet flyovers and the “biggest ever Fireworks” — and his speech. White House staff says the address will be patriotic and will honor the armed services.

However, with President Trump’s re-election campaign underway, the political side of this event will be hard to ignore.

For decades and generations, Americans of all political parties, all colors, all faiths, all genders have congregated on the National Mall for the Fourth of July, wearing funny, patriotic hats and patriotic shirts, and picnicked and played on America’s front yard.

They have been entertained by singers and bands and even the National Symphony Orchestra, heard patriotic songs as well as rock, country and classical music.

The celebration has been remarkably trouble-free, with conflicts and arguments kept to a minimum. Families have had fun, watched a fantastic fireworks display, and then gone home in safety.

Millions more have watched the festivities on television, a show in recent times called “A Capital Fourth.”

It has been a reassuring day, a reminder that we really are all Americans despite our frequent squabbling, that once in a while, we can all get together and be happy.

This should be a day to celebrate our people, not the politicians. We are not upset that this is the brainchild of Donald Trump. We would we writing the same thoughts if Presidents Obama or Bush or Clinton or Reagan had decided to take over the holiday.

Think for a moment about the reaction if County Executive Jan Gardner had announced last year during her re-election campaign that she was taking over the Baker Park Fourth of July celebration and was using the occasion to make a political speech about the greatness of Frederick County. The howls of outrage would still rightfully be echoing in the Baker Park Band Shell.

Making the Fourth of July into the setting for a political speech guarantees more division, more anger, more attacks from Democrats and more angry reaction from Republicans.

We really did not need this, as we start a presidential campaign that will be one of the most brutal in our history. Most Americans were already bracing themselves to be bombarded by TV commercials and social media.

We could certainly have used and welcomed a day of peaceful assembly, a day for making wonderful family memories all while celebrating the timeless ideals of the Declaration of Independence, which was published 243 years ago, explaining why the 13 American colonies were leaving the British Empire.

We haven’t always lived up to all of those thoughts and words, such as “all men are created equal,” but we have always striven toward the ultimate goal, to make America as perfect as we want it to be.

(73) comments

jagman

Lefties spent the entire week complaining that Trump would make the whole event about himself. This FNP article is a perfect example. What happened? The entire event was about America, american greatness and our superb military. Not a bit of it was about Trump. A total embarrassment for all the Trump haters, as usual.

gary4books

We learned that if the prompter goes off, he has nothing to cover with except airports for our Colonial Army to capture. That was enough for me.

jagman

I love the sound of lefty desperation in the morning! Trump wins in 2020 with 40 states.

timothygaydos

liberals are still crying over 2016 and wait until 2020 and they not only lose the race for the WH, but lose the House and lose seats in the Senate.... another sad day for them. Buy stock in Kleenex...

shiftless88

jagman, the event WAS about himself. The entire focus was on Trump.

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sevenstones1000

Especially the Continental Air Force in 1775. Boy, the things the very smart Donald Trump knows that we were never taught in school....

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timothygaydos

wait when the DOJ issue their reports on FISA abuse and how the Obama Admin plotted against a political campaign.... as Dandy Don said on Monday Night Football "turn off the lights it is over!"

sevenstones1000

Trump ended up looking like a total fool. Those people who waited for hours in the searing heat and rain must feel so embarrassed after witnessing that pathetic spectacle. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to ram some ramparts and view the original Spirit of ‘76. You know, the one George Washington flew.

timothygaydos

FNP once again should first watch the event in total and then write an editorial about it based on facts rather than their own political leanings... really sad when celebrating our country's independence and the greatness of our country especially saving many other countries from destruction of evil empires...

ButterBean

Feel at all stupid after the fact? In other news, what in the world has happened to the FNP? You have readers of all persuasions. Remember?

Moon otter

I guessed you missed the part about airports during the Revolutionary war. The orange buffoon strikes again with his stupidity.

timothygaydos

so there was a little mistake during the speech - do you remember Obama knowing how many states we have? Or Bush or even Reagan... they all make mistakes when speaking to the public.

sevenstones1000

A little mistake? Do YOU think we had aircraft in the Revolutionary War?

Moon otter

share points

Moon otter

I hope everyone had a happy July 4th. Mine was spent manning our table and 4ft by 15 ft map of the Appalachian Trail at Waynesboro, Pa July 4 Jubilee. Parade, raising of the huge US flag and just talking to folks interested about the AT and promoting our state parks and forests in our area. Handing out maps of the parks (6)6 and district forests (3). We then headed for trivia night in Fairfield PA. We don't have to watch fireworks we have enough folks here in Blue Ridge Summit, PA shooting them off. LOL. Another fourth has passed.

Robbbobb4863

We love you Trump :)

DickD

You may, I don't.

jagman

Too bad. You'll just have to suffer thru until the end of 2024.

Moon otter

2020

marinick1

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BunnyLou

It is obvious that the FNP is nothing more than a water carrying rag for the democrat party. After watching the event there was nothing political about the 4th celebration. Why couldn’t they wait to publish this hit piece until after the 4th?

gary4books

Wrong.

Obadiah Plainsmen

"using the occasion to make a political speech about the greatness of Frederick County" FNP, If Jan Garner did this I would be standing,applauding ,cheering right along with her. And when comes November I'll cast my vote for the Republican candidate. Sorry FNP when your emotions cloud your intelligence you do take a dark view of situations.

public-redux

Happy Lee Greenwood Appreciation Day, everyone!

CaringCommunity

Just hope the people that have more than legitimate reasons to protest do it in a way that does not use it against all of us.

threecents

I think that the most patriotic thing we can do on Independence Day is to plan to vote against the corruption in the White House next year.

DickD

Not a bad idea, let's plan a 4th of July celebration with that as the goal. We can even hand out signs saying MAGA, as that's is something that we truly need, after Trump.

jgrose79

Perhaps we should spend tyranny day the same way it was spent in 1776. Fighting back against the crown who wants to confiscate our firearms and control our loves?

hayduke2

So you recognize the president's tatics! Finally.

olefool

C'mon Mother Nature.... give us one of those frog choking, gully washing lightening fire works shows that makes you famous. Make it about 12 hours long and very, very loud and wet.

DickD

Guess we will have to go to church and pray.

public-redux

You can pray anywhere you want, Dick.

DickD

Thank you Gladys.[smile]

glenkrc

Hey, new "top editor": It's been over a week. Maybe you should finally change the masthead in your print edition.

glenkrc

Thanks. I noticed it on Saturday.

Bart Rowe

Funny that the draft dodger is now so patriotic. What a complete phony this guy is.

secpol1970

The only phony are traitors like you.

Bart Rowe

Whatever you say Vlad

DickD

If I were going to attend the D.C. festivals tomorrow, knowing Donald Trump is going to speak would be enough to change my mind. As far as the tanks are concerned, we had M- 48s, that's a medium tank weighing 48 tons. We took them on the streets several times, with rubber cleats. The problem is with a wet road they are hard to stop. Put on the brakes, lock up the track and then you just go sliding. The Abrams is sure to be a little worse in that regard.

sevenstones1000

We do not need to be parading our military weapons like some tinpot dictatorship.

TINAE

Since when did this man care about our Military? Nothing more than another Photo opp. For he knows no better. SMH

DickD

He cares a lot, he did all he could to not serve our country.

ButterBean

Did you?

sevenstones1000

Can we have one celebration in the US that isn’t all about how we can blow people up? Sure, let’s yet again salute the PEOPLE in the armed services, which we do often. But parading weapons of war down the street like religious icons? No! The 4th of July, the birthday of this country was about words - a declaration of our independence. It wasn’t about bloodshed and bombs, it was about thoughts, ideas, and WORDS. Let’s honor those, not killing machines.

User1

Yea, good idea! Let’s have “Rainbow Unicorn Day”. Independence Day is celebrating our independence. How did we achieve that? BY WAR? You can’t have one without the other. Thoughts, ideas and words did not gain our independence. It was by armed conflict. Read your REAL history!

Moon otter

so get out your muskets and cannons.

Reader1954

niceund you are right

Samanthapowers

Dear America - happy birthday. Get well soon.

Thewheelone

Samantha [thumbup]

sevenstones1000

Samantha 👍

DickD

The doctor prescribes a Democrat POTUS in 2020.[thumbup]

threecents

Samantha[thumbup][thumbup]

Moon otter

Samantha you are correct but it will be a major healing process like getting over the flu.[thumbup]

matts853

A feckless, kiss-up to dictators president trying to bang America’s chest in public for no reason other than to bring attention to himself. What a turn-off.

Thewheelone

[thumbup] matts853

niceund

Since when is saluting our military on Independence Day political? If president Obama had cared enough about the USA to do this, no one would have said a thing. Again, the hypocrites surface.

Thewheelone

did you read the article, niceund?

jwhamann

The military already has its own holidays. July 4th has never had anything to do about the military.

Dwasserba

Except they get to be at cookouts with their families...oh...wait

TINAE

wrong, if Obama had just mentioned this there would have been a sharp shooter pointing directly at his chest before the Fourth of July!

DickD

Head buried in the sand, User?

DickD

Excuse me, niceund.

shiftless88

If you pay attention to history, Independence Day happened before we had a military. Saluting the military on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and should be sufficient.

glenkrc

Coincidentally, I recently got an emailing from the folks at Mt. Vernon with a video short explaining why George Washington didn't vote for independence. Turns out he was busy fighting the British (he had been made commander of the Continental Army a year before) - and made sure the newly-signed Declaration of Independence was read aloud to his troops. The 1-minute video explains. Search on "did washington vote yes for independence in 1776".

hayduke2

And this has to do with????

glenkrc

O ye of high specific gravity - Simply that shiftless was mistaken in thinking that we did not have a military prior to Independence Day. The U.S. Army traces its lineage back to 1775. We celebrated its bicentennial in 1975.

karenmc21

Glenkrc - our Bicentennial was in 1976, not 1975. If you don’t believe me, look it up. The entire year was called The Spirit of 76 where I grew up.

glenkrc

karen - At this point, I'll chalk up your mistake to inattentive reading, given the time of your post. I wrote that we celebrated the U.S. ARMY's bicentennial in 1975. Of course, we celebrated THE NATION's bicentennial in 1976. Coincidentally, I was affiliated with the U.S. Army during the mid-1970s, and we celebrated both events.

User1

You don’t consider the Continental Army military? What were they, Boy Scouts?

Moon otter

To a certain degree but even during and then after the fighting they all went home. Trying to keep them during the growing season wasn't easy.

glenkrc

Moon - Very close, but no cigar. I'll reluctantly cite you as the third person with erroneous information in this little side topic. Not all went home. For example, Wikipedia (correctly) says: "West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. Located on the Hudson River in New York, West Point was identified by General George Washington as the most important strategic position in America during the American Revolution. Until January 1778, West Point was not occupied by the military. On January 27, 1778, Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons and his brigade crossed the ice on the Hudson River and climbed to the plain on West Point, from that day to the present, West Point has been occupied by the United States Army."

Moon otter

You mean fort. Which there was many.

glenkrc

First of all, it wasn't I who used the word "post". I was merely quoting Wikipedia. But as long as you bring up the issue, the appropriate term really is "post". Not all Army installations are "Fort"s. (Schofield Barracks in Hawaii immediately comes to mind; Carlisle Barracks is closer, a bit north of here.) Army lingo is riddled with references to the "Post" this and the "Post" that. For example, PX stands for "Post Exchange". Then there is the old joke where the young army wife sets an extra place at the table for the Post Hole Digger that her husband is bringing home. Finally, take a look at this link to an Army website: https://www.goarmy.com/about/post-locations.html

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