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Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump is going big

Many communities elsewhere have decided to scrap fireworks, parades and other holiday traditions to try to stem further spread of the virus.
Credit: AP
President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — It's Independence Day and public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted celebrations, given the spike in coronavirus cases. 

But President Donald Trump is going big in the nation's capital. 

He's promising a "special evening” in Washington, with a “Salute for America” celebration. 

It'll include a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will honor the country's heritage. 

There will be a military flyover and a fireworks display that's expected to draw thousands to the National Mall. 

Many communities elsewhere have decided to scrap fireworks, parades and other holiday traditions to try to stem further spread of the virus. 

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