(WASHINGTON) — Traditionally a day when politicians march in patriotic parades and press the flesh of their constituents, this Independence Day is turning out to be more of a chance for rest and relaxation for some of the potential Republican and Democratic 2016 presidential contenders.
Many of those generating buzz as possible candidates to replace President Obama in 2016 will be using the Fourth of July to get a break from the attention.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are two exceptions. Christie and his family will lead the 103rd annual Ridgewood Fourth of July Parade, while Ryan will participate in the Racine Fourth Fest Parade.
But many of their possible 2016 competitors will be much further from the public eye, according to representatives for each of the politicians.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, will be “spending time with his family.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will also be with family.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum is on vacation in South Carolina.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is on a “long-planned summer vacation with his kids.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., have no public events planned for the holiday, although Cruz did release a video to commemorate the occasion.
But they will all soon be back to work, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who did not release a July 4 schedule but is planning to deliver a keynote speech in Pennsylvania at a Bryn Mawr College symposium on female leaders of “post-conflict” countries July 9.
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