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.