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In photos: Final preparations for Trump's Fourth of July event

Members of the U.S. Army park an M1 Abrams tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Members of the U.S. Army park a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Organizers have stepped up security and readied battle tanks, fighter jets and fireworks for President Trump's Fourth of July extravaganza in Washington, D.C., per NPR.

Why it matters: July 4 has been seen as a nonpartisan occasion, but Trump has inserted himself into the event. He tweeted military leaders are "thrilled" he's honoring U.S. forces. Retired generals told Politico he's politicizing the Independence Day celebration. The taxpayer cost hasn't been disclosed, per ABC News. Here's how people have been preparing for the event in Washington, D.C., in photos.

 Workers prepare the stage where President Trump will speak at the Lincoln Memorial on the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration, on July 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Workers prepare the stage for President Trump's address at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Workers install a security fence in the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration.
Workers install a security fence in the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin speaks during a news conference at the Lincoln Memorial to protest against President Trump and the tanks planned for the Fourth of July.
Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin speaks during a news conference at the Lincoln Memorial to protest President Trump's "Salute to America" event Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally on Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the White House July 03, 2019 in Washington, DC.
President Trump's supporters rally on Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
M1A1 Abrams tanks on rail cars in Washington, D.C., ahead of the "Salute to America" event.
M1A1 Abrams tanks on rail cars in Washington, D.C., ahead of the "Salute to America" event. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Set up continues for President Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' event honoring service branches on Independence Day at the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday July 2.
President Trump is due to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial at 6:30pm Thursday. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call
Workers build a stage and bleachers for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event.
The Washington Post reports the National Park Service diverted nearly $2.5 million to cover costs for this event, citing 2 people familiar with the matter. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Workers build a stage and bleachers for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial.
"Salute to America" organizers say the event is all about honoring the U.S. military. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Peyton Sherwood's "trump baby balloon" near the White House in Washington, D.C.
Peyton Sherwood has 400 "Trump baby" balloons to sell in D.C., and protesters plan to fly a "Trump baby" blimp during the event. Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Go deeper: On the Fourth of July, here are reasons to love the U.S.

This article has been updated with more images.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to remove photos of preparations for the U.S. Capitol concert unaffiliated with the president's event.