Belarus will celebrate its Independence Day on Wednesday, July 3, with the main events being held in the capital Minsk. A military parade involving 4000 soldiers is scheduled to be held beginning at 21:00 (local time). Soldiers are expected to conduct a rehearsal of the parade on Monday, July 1, starting at the intersection of Victors and Masherov avenues. Road closures and traffic disruptions are expected during the rehearsal and the celebrations on July 3. Heightened security measures, commercial and government disruptions, and crowded conditions are also anticipated in the capital during the Independence Day events.
Independence Day is a national holiday in Belarus and celebrates the liberation of the country from Nazi Germany during World War II.
Individuals in Minsk, and Belarus more generally, are advised to keep abreast of the situation, anticipate government, business, and transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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