Thousands attended President Donald Trump’s Salute to America and saw an impressive fireworks display and flyover. But the turnout wasn’t as large as the 2019 event was, however. Here’s a look at crowd photos from July 4, 2020, compared to July 4, 2019.
Although Trump had a large crowd in some areas for the Salute to America event, some National Mall photos indicated that the crowd was indeed smaller than in 2019. There could be a number of reasons for this. The coronavirus pandemic no doubt played a role in keeping people home. Last year it was impossible to know just how many people were at the National Mall specifically for Trump’s event versus being there to see the fireworks. This year, Fox 5 reported that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had asked residents to stay home this holiday. There was a distinct difference in messages between Trump’s event inviting people to come out versus the Mayor asking people to stay home.
The Trump administration asked for the National Mall to be open, along with many other areas, for today’s event. More than 800 acres were open to the public for viewing military flyovers and the fireworks. These included:
- Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- World War II Memorial
- East Potomac Park
- Washington Monument grounds
- National Mall grounds between 4th and 14th Streets
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted the event from the South Lawn of the White House and the Ellipse. Last year in 2019, they hosted from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial facing the Washington Monument. This meant that a large area that was full of people in 2019 to hear Trump’s speech. You can see a map of the National Mall here to compare the locations.
2020 Photos vs 2019 Photos
First, the photo below provides a look at the view from where Trump was standing this year, in 2020:
And here is the location where they were last year in 2019:
— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) July 4, 2019
Here’s another 2019 photo:
Here are some 2020 photos for comparison.
And a photo in a tweet:
— Matt Petersen (@w8lifter22) July 5, 2020
Here’s another photo where Michelle Boorstein from The Washington Post said the crowd was picking up.
Crowds picking up on the National Mall pic.twitter.com/urh9pFRPwO
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) July 4, 2020
Here’s a look at the crowd during a fireworks portion of the show:
— Ashlie Rodriguez ABC7 (@ABC7Ashlie) July 4, 2020
As you can see, there’s a significant difference in crowd size. Here’s another comparison. The photo below is from 2019.
Here’s the same location this year in 2020:
Providing some visual perspective, this is the largest collection of people here on the National Mall
— Ken Duffy (@KenDuffyNews) July 4, 2020
Of course, the change in where Trump spoke might account for some of the crowd size differences in specific areas. Here’s a look at some areas this year that had larger crowds.
As you can see, the crowds were loud, but they were still scattered and smaller than in 2019. A variety of different reasons could account for that.
Either way, the fireworks show was stunning. Here’s one video showing the fireworks display.
— Ken Duffy (@KenDuffyNews) July 5, 2020
And here’s another video showing the fireworks show.
— Nick Petrillo (@nicknewsdc) July 5, 2020
If you’re interested in learning more about the crowd that attended Trump’s Salute to America last year, you can learn more in Heavy’s photo story here.
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