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PBS: Whatever the president's plan for Fourth of July may be, 'A Capitol Fourth' show will go on

So far, it's fairly unclear what will happen on the National Mall this Fourth of July. However, PBS says their show must go on.

WASHINGTON -- Despite whatever designs and plans the president may have for the Fourth of July on the National Mall, one of the annual events will apparently go on as scheduled.

"A Capitol Fourth," the annual concert and televised show on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building will go on as scheduled, the official Twitter account said Thursday.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump announced his plan to host an event at the Lincoln Memorial on the holiday, with "an address by your favorite President, me!” 

The presidential event is slated to be called “A Salute to America,” administration officials told the Washington Post earlier this week.

Thursday, "A Capitol Fourth" tweeted the 39-year-old tradition of the show will continue.

"This concert is unaffiliated with any other July 4th celebrations," they said. "A Capitol Fourth's distinct Independence Day celebration is the longest running live TV tradition on our nation's holiday."

For decades, Washington D.C. has played host to Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall. In a post-9/11 world, security measures for the holiday have not really varied, with the fireworks launch site at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. 

That location required the closures of walkways around the reflecting pool for about 10 days prior to July 4. 

Earlier this month, the National Park Service said in a statement the fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park this year.

"This move will allow the National Park Service to open new areas of the National Mall to spectators, including the area around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, so that more people may enjoy the performance," NPS Chief Spokesperson Mike Litterst wrote in a statement.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told the Washington Post Thursday she is opposed to changing previous years' plans to accommodate the president, citing concerns about strains on police and emergency responders. 

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“We are very happy to host the nation’s fireworks here every year, and over the years it’s become a pretty well-oiled machine,” Bowser told the outlet. “That is our primary concern: How do people have a good time, celebrate and be safe on the Mall and getting home?”

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