THE WHITE HOUSE – When July 4th is re-branded by President Donald Trump as “A Salute to America” celebration with a speech by him at the Lincoln Memorial followed by the largest fireworks display ever on the National Mall, according to Trump administration officials, grassroots feminist anti-war group, Code Pink, has plans of its own. It plans to fly the orange-skinned, yellow-haired “Baby Trump” blimp over the National Mall during Trump’s speech. The National Park Service has granted the group a permit on Monday to fly the blimp on the National Mall.
Trump had tweeted on Feb. 24:
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2019
Simultaneous to “A Salute to America, Code Pink is hosting a protest rally titled, “Freedom from Trump,” featuring the Baby Trump blimp – Code Pink’s answer to Trump’s fireworks.
The diaper-clad 20-foot blimp holding a cellphone and sporting Trump’s unique makeup has become ubiquitous at various events and rallies across the world since it made its first appearance during the president’s London visit last year. The protest group has raised $13,000 to cover expenses for bringing the balloon from the U.K. The blimp, one of six, appeared last week in Orlando, Fla., for Trump’s kickoff for his 2020 reelection campaign.
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in a statement, “The president is shifting the 4th of July festivities to celebrate his administration.” She said, “We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from family separation at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children.”
“A Salute to America” is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT on July 4 at the Lincoln Memorial. Gates open at 3 p.m. EDT. A Capitol Fourth Concert co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra and featuring various renowned performers is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m EDT on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m. EDT. The fireworks display is slated to begin at 9:07 p.m. EDT at the National Mall and will last approximately 30 minutes.