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Dems mock Trump's pitch for Fourth of July celebration

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday poked fun at President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE's proposal to hold a Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall this year, given that such an event already takes place each year.

The president on Sunday morning urged Americans to "hold the date" on Independence Day — which is already a federal holiday — for "one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C."

"It will be called 'A Salute To America' and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial," Trump tweeted. "Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!"

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Twitter users quickly noted that Washington, D.C., already offers a Fourth of July slate of events just like the ones Trump mentioned, including a free concert and fireworks on the National Mall, and a parade down Constitution Avenue.

"So, who’s gonna tell him?" Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldBickering Democrats return with divisions Congress must protect kidney disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic The time for HELP is now: Senate should pass bill to expedite recovery following natural disasters MORE (D-N.C.) tweeted.

Others offered more sarcastic responses. 

"If this goes well, I think we should follow it with a big party in Times Square the night before New Year’s Day," tweeted Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell compares Trump to bin Laden: They 'inspired and radicalized' Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who is said to be mulling a 2020 presidential bid.

"This is actually an excellent idea and I think the whole country should get behind a celebration on July 4," Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzFor platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results 11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushCongress: Support the ARC Act to prevent amputations Hillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks MORE (D-Ill.) used Trump's tweet to pivot to a legislative matter, telling his followers to "hold the date" for when the House votes on a resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration to secure funding for a wall along the southern border.

Trump first floated the idea for a Fourth of July celebration earlier this month when he brought it up during a Cabinet meeting. It's unclear how Trump's proposed idea would coexist with the existing D.C. Fourth of July celebrations.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill about Trump's tweet.

The president's pitch for an Independence Day celebration mirrors his request last year for a military parade.

The concept was divisive, with some lawmakers and officials welcoming it as a show of appreciation for the armed forces, and critics likening it to events held by authoritarian regimes.

Trump ultimately canceled the parade in August, blaming local officials for the high cost of the event. Reports emerged that the parade would have come with a $92 million price tag, though the Pentagon said planning had not reached its final stages and it could not confirm the final cost.