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Trump's July 4th spectacle: Photos from the D.C. celebrations

President Donald Trump celebrated the Fourth of July with tanks, a military flyover that featured Air Force One, a speech about patriotism and fireworks as part of his "A Salute to America" festivities in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

"Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now," Trump said from a platform, steps from the famous memorial.

Critics of the celebration, meanwhile, expressed concerns over the show of military might and what they said was an attempt to politicize an important American holiday — all at the taxpayer's expense. 

Thousands of supporters and protesters poured into the U.S. capital Thursday despite scorching temperatures and rain, while a diapered Baby Trump balloon sat next to a banner calling the president a traitor.

Check out photos from the "A Salute to America" celebrations.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit after the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on July Fourth.

People react to a military flyover on the
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Spectators watch a military flyover while President Donald Trump gives his speech during Fourth of July festivities at the National Mall in Washington.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the "Salute
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President Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial on July Fourth.

President Donald Trump watches a flyover on July
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President Donald Trump watches the flyover on July Fourth in Washington.

President Donald Trump speaks on July 4 in
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Spectators watch as President Donald Trump delivers his address on July Fourth in Washington.

A band performs during the Fourth of July
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A band performs during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Crowds gather in Washington D.C. for the Fourth
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Crowds gather in Washington for the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

A band performs during the Fourth of July
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A band performs during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Crowds gather in Washington D.C. for the Fourth
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Crowds gather in Washington D.C. for the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

Members of the U.S. Secret Service try to
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Members of the U.S. Secret Service try to put out a fire during an attempted flag burning in front of the White House in Washington on the Fourth of July.

Members of the U.S. Secret Service detain a
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Members of the U.S. Secret Service detain a man after an attempted flag burning in front of the White House in Washington on the Fourth of July.

A crowd gathers in Washington D.C. for President
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A crowd gathers in Washington for President Donald Trump's "A Salute to America" Fourth of July celebration.

A supporter of President Donald Trump poses with
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A supporter of President Donald Trump poses with a "Don't Tread On Me" flag during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather during the
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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

A crowd gathers in Washington D.C. for President
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A crowd gathers in Washington for President Donald Trump's "A Salute to America" Fourth of July celebration.

Protesters pose with the Baby Trump balloon during
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Protesters pose with the Baby Trump balloon during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

The Baby Trump balloon was blown up in
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The Baby Trump balloon was blown up in Washington during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

A woman with a Trump flag poses as
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A woman with a Trump flag poses as she takes part in the "A Salute to America" Fourth of July festivities in Washington.

A woman decked out in red, white and
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A woman decked out in red, white and blue participates in President Donald Trump's Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

People hold their hands over their hearts during
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People hold their hands over their hearts during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

A man holds a "Keep America Great" hat,
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A man holds a "Keep America Great" hat, which is President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign slogan, during the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration in Washington.

Members of the U.S. Army park a tank
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Members of the U.S. Army park a tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump's Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

Members of the U.S. Army finish parking a
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Members of the U.S. Army finish parking a tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump's Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

People watch as an M1 Abrams tank drives
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People watch as an M1 Abrams tank drives on pads toward the front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump's Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

Workers prepare the stage on Wednesday where President
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Workers prepare the stage on Wednesday where President Donald Trump will speak at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington during his Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

A worker washes one of two M1A1 Abrams
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A worker washes one of two M1A1 Abrams tanks that are loaded on rail cars on Tuesday in Washington. The tanks will be on display at the Lincoln Memorial during President Donald Trump's "A Salute to America" Fourth of July celebration.

This M1A1 Abrams tank is one of two
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This M1A1 Abrams tank is one of two that will be on display at the Lincoln Memorial during "A Salute to America" Fourth of July celebration.

Members of the activist group Code Pink hold
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Members of the activist group Code Pink hold Baby Trump balloons during a news conference on Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial to protest against President Donald Trump and the tanks that were brought in for the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

Code Pink activists protest at the Lincoln Memorial
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Code Pink activists protest at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday against President Donald Trump and the tanks that were brought in for the Fourth of July "A Salute to America" celebration.

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