Crowds were pulled in opposite directions on a polarized Mall, with “Make America Great Again” caps bedecking the throngs near the Lincoln Memorial and protest Baby Trump balloons amid the masses near the Capitol. But the ties that unify the nation were also on display.
By Peter Jamison, Samantha Schmidt, Hannah Natanson and Steve Hendrix · Read more
The president’s supporters, including many with VIP tickets to the event, say Trump is simply celebrating America. Democrats accuse the White House of turning a taxpayer-funded, nonpolitical event into a reelection rally.
Russian television hosts mocked the military equipment that will appear at the “Salute for America” on Thursday, saying that the tanks and other armored vehicles had “paint peeling off” and required “adhesive tape.”
By Amie Ferris-Rotman and Kayla Epstein · Read more
Many, wearing ponchos to ward off the steady rain, had managed to score tickets because a dad worked for the Secret Service, because a relative was an employee of a company that contracted with the Republican National Committee, or because they had a bit of luck.
By Hannah Natanson, Samantha Schmidt and and Justin Jouvenal · Read more
Taylor Telford explains how the United States became reliant on China for fireworks — and what the ongoing trade war might mean for future Fourth of July celebrations. And science reporter Lena Sun explains her obsession with sour cherries.