Trump says planning underway for July 4 parade or gathering

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WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is planning a new parade, possibly to replace a military procession he ordered up for Washington that was scuttled due to cost.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump says he's thinking about holding the event around July 4. He's calling it a "Salute to America" parade, but says it would be more of a gathering.

The Lincoln Memorial is one site under consideration, and Mr. Trump says he'd like the event to become a tradition.

The bonus? Free fireworks.

Mr. Trump noted that fireworks already light up the National Mall on July 4. He's put acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in charge of planning.

A military parade Trump wanted on Veterans Day last year was canceled after senior administration officials saw the estimated $92 million price tag.