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Scenes from July 4 celebrations in D.C.

President Trump described his Fourth of July extravaganza on the Mall as the “show of a lifetime!” On Thursday, the celebrations kicked off with the National Independence Day Parade and ended with the spectacular fireworks display after the president spoke. Washington Post photographers captured scenes across the District as people gathered for the festivities. Here is a look:

Craig and Ampy Payne wait for the National Independence Day Parade.

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The Ladybirds dance troupe performs to "Rosie the Riveter" at the start of the parade.

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Betty-Ann Lang, right, and her sister Deborah Sheldon wait for the events to start.

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Miss District of Columbia poses with Boy Scout Troop 55.

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Trucks block a road before the Independence Day festivities.

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A D.C. police color guard leads the National Independence Day Parade.

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People stand for the national anthem at the start of the parade.

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The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps of the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry play during the parade.

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Members of the Greenbelt SITY Stars, a double Dutch jump-rope team, perform during the parade.

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Demonstrators prepare to protest President Trump with an inflatable depicting him as a giant baby.

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Chloe Shreve wears patriotic gear while celebrating on the Mall.

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A storm moves over the Mall.

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Melisa Ruiz and Erwin, her 5-year-old son, rest as rain falls on the Mall.

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Military members perform in the rain next to a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

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Trump and the first lady arrive at the Lincoln Memorial.

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A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, center, is escorted by F-22 Raptors during the flyover.

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People attend the president's Lincoln Memorial ceremony.

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The crowd watches for a military flyover.

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Trump participates in the "Salute to America" event.

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Trump speaks to the crowd on the Mall as part of the "Salute to America" celebration.

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The Navy's Blue Angels fly over the Lincoln Memorial.

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Fourth of July fireworks burst over the Mall.

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Fireworks explode in the sky.

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A couple share a kiss during the fireworks display.

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A display of fireworks bursts over the Lincoln Memorial.

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