Sometime in the not-too-distant future, the date July 4 may become obsolete, marking a rebirth of a country alongside a new constitution and a new system of governance.
US President Donald Trump salutes a huge crowd with a military parade in the centre of Washington, DC at this year's July 4th celebration. Opponents criticise him for the cost and turning it to a "campaign rally".
White House officials have rejected accusations that they are using the US armed forces for political gain.
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