Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on 17 June 2021, effectively making the day a federal holiday.
While many celebrations, festivals and gatherings commence and end without incidence, violence cannot be ruled out. Recent thwarted plots and threats by domestic extremist groups targeting Pride parades this month has heightened the need for caution surrounding large-scale events.
Several large gatherings are planned throughout the United States on 19 June.
Large gatherings, especially near downtown areas and other areas of historical importance
Blocked roads and detours are possible in larger cities or where large gatherings or parades are planned
Presence of crowd instigators and counter-groups
Increased presence of security, law enforcement, media, and other personnel
Localized transportation disruptions and delays
Mitigating Measures to Apply:
Should you choose to participate, ensure you maintain active situational awareness and be alert for changes that could impact your safety; otherwise, avoid all gatherings and demonstrations, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread
Prepare for disruptions caused by large-scale, such as increased traffic and security, blocked roads
Avoid traveling at night, the potential for violence at any large-scale event is historically more likely after dark.
Monitor the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel
Abide by local laws and restrictions and adhere to the instructions of local authorities.
Prepare for localized transportation delays and increased demand for available transport.
Reconfirm travel arrangements prior to departure.
Allow extra time for travel.
Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy.
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