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12 Sep 2019 | 08:40 AM UTC

Guatemala: Independence Day Celebrations September 13-15

Guatemala News Alert

Independence Day observed September 13-15; festivities and associated disruptions expected in Guatemala City and across country

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/16/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Guatemala). COUNTRY/REGION Guatemala, Guatemala City


Guatemala will hold Independence Day celebrations nationwide from Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, with key ceremonies taking place in Guatemala City, where annual military parades by students and service members will take place. The official Independence Day is on September 15.

The capital's mayor stated that at least 250 parades are planned in the city over three days, beginning as early as Friday. An estimated 1.3 million participants are expected in national activities.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions - particularly road closures - are expected in the capital, and especially so in the historic center. Similar celebrations are likely to take place in major urban areas around the country. 


Guatemala is celebrating its 198th year of independence from Spain.


Individuals in Guatemala, particularly in Guatemala City, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate increased travel times due to high traffic and increased security measures, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Be alert and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the local authorities.


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