By Evie Carrick
July 03, 2019
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President Trump’s 4th of July event, “Salute to America,” will include celebrity performances, fireworks, and lots of military tanks. In addition to drawing crowds, the show will impact travelers.

The Federal Aviation Authority announced on Twitter that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, will be closed for most of the day on July 4 due to the event.

Operations will be suspended from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for the event’s flyovers, and again from 9:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. local time for the annual fireworks display, which is not connected to the “Salute to America” event but was moved to accommodate Trump's Lincoln Memorial display. An official told CNN that such a closure is unprecedented for the 4th of July.

According to the FAA, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport will not be affected by the event. Their Twitter post also notes that during the closure “Aeromedical and emergency flights will be authorized as necessary.”

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport notes on their website that travelers should, “Check flight status directly with your airline. Some flights will be delayed at various times due to fireworks, flyovers, and other event-related activities downtown.”

The airport also notes that roads to the airport are expected to be congested and that travelers should take the Metrorail to the airport station — which will offer normal service to and from points north of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia — or the free shuttle, which is operating from closed metro stations.

The event, which will happen at the Lincoln Memorial, is expected to include tanks parked near the National Mall, an additional firework display, and a flyover by the Blue Angels and the plane that serves as Air Force One.

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