In an administration thus far marked by changes from its predecessor, President Donald Trump will continue the trend this weekend. He’ll be violating from the Obama era tradition of hosting a grand gala on our nation’s Independence Day.
Instead, the current president has opted for a mellower affair. He’ll reportedly expend the holiday weekend golfing in New Jersey, and then returnto Washington D.C. on Monday in time for the July 4th holiday on Tuesday.
According to, the White House confirmed that the Trumps’ official Independence Day gala will be limited to a barbecue on the South Lawn for armed service members and their families, followed by a fireworks display for White House staff and their families.
Meanwhile, PBS will be hosting its annual concert, A Capitol Fourth, featuring performances from The Blues Brothers and The Beach Boys, among others. And across the nation, in addition to galas, several protestswill be taking place.
These revelries for better and worse stand in stark contrastto the celebrations in the nation’s capital last year. The administration’s simple offerings don’t exactly stack up to what the Obamas usually whipped up during their Fourth of July galas. In addition tofireworks and marching bands, the Obama camp had rolled out some big names for the annual affair.
For the 2016 holiday ,~ ATAGENDPresident Obama had the likes of Janelle Mona and Kendrick Lamar to help him celebrate with the rest of the nation. In previous years, he’d hostedBrad Paisley andBruno Mars. All of us are still jealous.
Obama is the cool party host we all wanted to be in high school, and not just because of the amusement he brought in. The Presidenthimself evengot onstageduring the performance to sing Happy Birthday to his daughter Malia, which has recently turned 18.
This year’s celebration might just prove to bethe start of a new administration’s tradition.