"Fireworks Firms Plan Bigger Pyrotechnics For Trump’s Fourth Speech"

"The Trump administration has enlisted the help of two private fireworks firms to put on an extended pyrotechnics display as part of the president’s overhaul of the nation’s Independence Day celebration on the Mall.

The approximately 35-minute show will more than double the length of the traditional fireworks event, according to administration officials, and will include an elaborate display illuminating a mile-long stretch of sky above the Lincoln Memorial. Phantom Fireworks and Grucci Fireworks will donate equipment and personnel worth $750,000, according to the two companies.

The pyrotechnics show is part of the Fourth of July celebration President Trump has helped design and rebrand as a “Salute to America.” It will include a flight show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and a jetliner that flies as part of the Air Force One fleet. The donated show will start at 9:07 p.m. and will be followed by one launched by Garden State Fireworks, which has a long-standing contract with the National Park Service."

Juliet Eilperin and Michael E. Ruane report for the Washington Post June 25, 2019.


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"How The Trade War With China Could Ruin Your Fourth of July" (USA TODAY)

"The Cleverest Campaign-Finance End Run of the Year" (The American Prospect)

"Trump’s Tariffs Could Fizzle Fireworks, An American Tradition That’s 95 Percent Made in China" (Washington Post)

Source: Washington Post, 06/26/2019