Airport near Washington D.C. to be closed during Independence Day event

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport near U.S. capital Washington D.C. will be closed temporarily during President Donald Trump’s Independence Day event on Thursday so as to allow a ceremonial flyover of military aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.

Operations at the airport, located in Arlington, Virginia, will be suspended between 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, the FAA said.

The runways will also be closed from 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. ET for the annual fireworks display, which is not connected to Trump’s “Salute to America” event. The launch point for the fireworks has been moved from the National Mall to a nearby park to accommodate Trump’s Lincoln Memorial display.

The last such runway closure was in 2015 for a commemorative flight of World War II-era planes, according to a CNN report.

The upcoming Independence Day festivities will include two fireworks displays and a flyover by the Blue Angels and the plane that serves as Air Force One, said the report.

Trump said Monday that a display of U.S. military tanks will also be part of the event. Local reporters said they saw at least two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on a flatcar in a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington.