Nicaragua celebrates the Battle of San Jacinto on Tuesday, September 14 and Central American Independence Day on Wednesday, September 15.

On Tuesday, September 14, thousands of people are expected to gather in Managua at Plaza de la Victorias on Masaya Highway for the official government event and to view the National Day Parade. The roads in the surrounding areas will be closed by police officers beginning at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 14. The main event is scheduled to start two hours later.

Many people travel outside of Managua during this holiday period. Traffic may be congested on Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon (Parade day) and Wednesday evening (September 15th) when people will be returning to the city.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website ( <> ) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website <> , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad," found at <> , which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.