Presidents on July 4: Some chill, some get in your face

In this July 4, 2008, file photo, President Bush gestures during remarks at Monticello's 46th annual Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They've made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt was sailing to a Hawaii vacation.

It's also been a day for some presidents to insert themselves front and center in the fabric of it all, as Donald Trump plans to do Thursday with his speechifying and showmanship. Teddy Roosevelt drew crowds in the hundreds of thousands for his oratory and Richard Nixon enraged the anti-war masses without even showing up.

In modern times, though, presidents have tended to stand back and let the people party. George W. Bush had a ceremony welcoming immigrants as new citizens.