Trump honors US Founding Fathers, vets in Fourth of July video address to the nation

President Trump’s Fourth of July video address to the nation was a quick history lesson and a big shout-out to the country’s military veterans.

Trump hearkened back to colonial times in his Twitter video, praising the Declaration of Independence signers who 242 years earlier “announced to the world that America would be free and America would be independent.”

They “pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. In so doing, they forever changed the course of human history,” he said.

The country’s veterans, Trump said, were “truly special people. We are in awe of their courage and we are eternally in their debt.

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Children in costumes march down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Kaitlyn Tarnoswki, 14, carries an American flag while riding a horse during the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
A boy rides a decorated bicycle down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Two children ride on a mini all terrain vehicle down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A man throws candies from a vintage car as he rides on Main Street in the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Three-year-old Daisy, a Dachshund Terrier, is adorned with US flag colours awaiting a Fourth of July parade in San Gabriel, Califoria on July 4, 2018 as cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: Residents watch the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A man in Captain America costume rides down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A woman throws candies from a vintage car as she rides on Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: Two young boys prepare for the start of the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: Allie Graves drives a four wheeler with a friend before the start of the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: A young boy rides a toy firetruck during the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix perform at the 2018 A Capitol Fourth rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts Inc.)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix perform at the 2018 A Capitol Fourth rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts Inc.)
Young Kim, Republican U.S. Representative candidate from California, smiles before a Fourth of July parade in Hacienda Heights, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Kim is seeking to replace retiring Representative Ed Royce in the 39th District. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Young Kim, Republican U.S. Representative candidate from California, waves during a Fourth of July parade in Hacienda Heights, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Kim is seeking to replace retiring Representative Ed Royce in the 39th District. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Gil Cisneros, Democratic U.S. Representative candidate from California, left, waves while riding in a car with his wife and sons during a Fourth of July parade in Hacienda Heights, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Cisneros, a Navy veteran,�is backed by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man waves the US flag while driving his classic car during a Fourth of July parade in San Gabriel, California on July 4, 2018 as cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: People cool off in the water at the end of the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A Cub Scout join a Fourth of July parade in San Gabriel, California, on July 4, 2018 as cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: People walk and ride down the road during the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
NEWBERRY, SC - JULY 04: Nine-year-old Wyatt Stuhr waits for the start of the sixteenth annual Harper Street Parade on July 4, 2018 in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A girl makes bubbles during a Fourth of July parade in San Gabriel, California on July 4, 2018 as cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade performs at the 2018 A Capitol Fourth rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts Inc.)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Men on horseback ride through a field after taking part in the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Horseback riders gather in a field after participating in the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: A man wearing a cowboy hat sits on a float decorated with American flag-themed streamers after the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Clinton Baermann stands next to the float for his vintage store, Cowboy Corner, after the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Patrice McKinney, dressed as Glinda the Good Witch from 'The Wizard of Oz,' tosses red, white, and blue bead necklaces to spectators during the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: A Republican Party of Texas float makes its way down Main Street during the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Spectators wave as a pickup truck covered in American flags drives by during the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: The 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade makes its way toward Main Street on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
ROUND TOP, TX - JULY 04: Spectators watch the 168th annual Round Top Fourth of July Parade on July 4, 2018 in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top community's Fourth of July celebration started in 1851 and is known as the longest running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive during a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump walk after greeting people during a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
People stand during the National Anthem at a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A woman uses a fan with the U.S. flag on it before the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump at a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrive during a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A man kisses a child before the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump during a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
People attend a picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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“We are, and will always be, one people, one family and one glorious nation under God,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the cheerleader-in-chief tweeted “Happy Fourth of July....Our Country is doing GREAT!”

Trump was scheduled to hold a Wednesday afternoon picnic for military families at the White House, followed by a concert and with a view of the National Park Service's fireworks display.

Trump left the White House Wednesday morning sporting a white short-sleeved shirt, dark slacks and a cap. He was driven west across the Potomac River in the direction of the private golf club he owns in Northern Virginia.

The White House did not immediately confirm that Trump is at the club. Reporters were not allowed to accompany him to his destination, as is the case with virtually all presidential travel.

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