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The president has been touting the event as a celebration of the nation.

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Trump also claims the cost to the public would be negligible, as all the assets are controlled by the United States government. 

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The president tried to hold a parade in celebration of Veterans Day before that plan was quashed. The president maintained a parade would be beneficial for the country. Per CNN:

President Donald Trump said in February that a military parade in Washington would be "great for the spirit of the country," but that it would need to come at a "reasonable cost." The President said he was inspired by the Bastille Day parade in France, which he described as "quite something" after attending in 2017.
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Experts in the government and military, as well as many politicians, have expressed massive concerns about the event. 

University of Denver professor Andrew Sherbo, who tracks such figures, said the Boeing 747 used for Air Force One could come at a cost of $205,000 an hour (the jetliner is only considered Air Force One when the president is aboard).
The cost per flying hour for the F-35 can be $20,000 or more, according to Department of Defense comptroller figures.
The Blue Angels could cost a more reasonable $6,000 per day, since air shows are tied to their training, said Sherbo, a former Pentagon official who now teaches finance.

Not only is the estimated cost far above what the event typically costs, some worry the president is crossing ethical lines. New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee's panel on the interior, told NPR presidents are barred from using taxpayer money to host partisan political events. The Trump administration is selling tickets to supporters to watch the president's speech from a closer vantage point. Along with selling tickets, the administration provided the Republican National Committee with tickets to distribute specifically to supporters.

Udall noted there are specific regulations that bar taxpayers from paying for a partisan event, and propaganda is prohibited. Trump's plans seem to veer into that "very tricky area," he said.
"It is unacceptable that the Interior Department is failing to inform Congress about how it plans to spend taxpayer money to fund the president's lavish July 4th plans, which reportedly include special access to the National Mall for the politically connected," Udall said in a statement Tuesday. "The American people deserve to know how much of their money the president is spending to turn their July 4th celebration into a de facto campaign rally. All reports indicate that the president is planning to turn a national day of unity into a day of vanity – trying to use the military for political purposes and doling out perks to his political backers – at the taxpayers' expense. We need answers."
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Local officials in Washington, D.C. have expressed concerns about the logistics of the event. Many of the tanks the president wants to display on the city streets are too heavy for the infrastructure and could cause serious road damage. Additionally, commercial flights are being grounded during the event, causing potential headaches for travelers. Per NBC News

The military hardware will be transported from bases around the country, ranging as close as Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to as far away as the Naval Air Station in California.
With the increased air traffic in Washington on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration said that it would suspend operations at the Ronald Reagan National Airport, the closest commercial airport to D.C., from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET. Operations at the airport will also be impacted from 9:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. ET, during the fireworks show.
...Local officials and residents have pointed to the damage such massive military equipment could cause to area roads. And Democrats in Congress have criticized the president for putting on an unusually large production at taxpayer expense.
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Many people on Twitter weighed in on the event, causing #BoycottTrumpJuly4 to trend the morning before the event. Some felt the event shared many unsettling similarities with military parades put on by dictators in foreign nations.

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