US President Donald Trump will be giving a speech this evening in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC at tonight’s ‘Salute to America’ event. The cause for the event is to tout the exceptionalism of America.
During the event, the US military will be celebrated. A few M1A1 Abrams tanks have been brought in to be included in the event. The tanks will be part of the procession in Washington, DC. Usually, the event on Independence Day does not include involvement from the military. However, President Trump is pursuing to take this event to the next level. Also, the Blue Angels fighter jets will fly over the Memorial building as well.
Many city officials in the US capitol have concerns about the use of tanks in this extravaganza. The tanks could possibly damage the roads within the city. For example, the weight of one of the M1A1 Abrams tanks is 60 tons. The federal regulation for a freight load that is to travel along a highway is around 20-25 tons in order to prevent wear and tear. Basically, a tank that is two to three times that amount could crush the roadway.
Whenever an event of such magnitude is involved, the hope is that there is no precipitation during the proceedings. However, the weather forecast in Washington, DC for the ‘Salute to America’ event is for isolated thunderstorms. Rain on this parade would be devastating because that could cancel the fireworks show at the event. Everyone likes fireworks except for those who have lost a few fingers or a hand from holding Roman candles. The thunderstorms are so scattered around the area that no clear prediction from meteorologists can be made on exactly how the weather will play out for the July 4th celebration. Nevertheless, this ‘Salute to America’ will definitely be an event that will be remembered. You can watch the event live from the attached video today from 6 PM to 9 PM EST.