Dems mock Trump's pitch for Fourth of July celebration

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday poked fun at President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 ButterfieldRace and the digital divide: Why broadband access is more than an urban vs rural issue Amazon hiring alcohol lobbyist GOP lawmaker draws backlash for telling Democratic colleague to 'shut up' during heated ObamaCare debate 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 SwalwellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems 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 SchatzBullock: Running for Senate 'never really got me excited' Cruz asks Trump FAA pick to 'be pissed off' about Boeing crash deaths San Francisco becomes first city to ban facial recognition technology MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse Dems propose billions in extra funding for environmental programs that Trump sought to cut A crucial lesson from the carnage in Sri Lanka Congress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's 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.