Trump touts early DC crowds ahead of 'Salute to America' speech

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE touted the early crowds assembling on the National Mall ahead of his July 4 "Salute to America" speech on Thursday evening, tweeting that it will be "well worth the trip and wait."

On Wednesday night, Trump had pledged that the Independence Day event will be "one of the biggest celebrations in the history of our Country."

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The president has come under criticism for his "Salute to America," which Democrats say risks politicizing what should be a celebration for all Americans. Detractors have also objected to the military's prominent presence, with tanks brought into Washington and multiple flyovers scheduled for the evening.

The Fourth of July festivities are scheduled to kick off with a speech from Trump at the Lincoln Memorial at 6:30 p.m.

The weather could prove a factor, with forecasts calling for storms on Thursday evening.