The central event of the Independence Day will be of course a military parade. President Lukashenko will review troops as the supreme commander. Hundreds of thousands of people are going to see this beautiful and patriotic spectacle. On July 3, several national channels will offer a live broadcast of the event.
In 2015, a new Belarusian weapon Polonez was presented at the parade. But then the salvo fire system had not yet undergone tests. Now Polonez already has a status of a tested weapon. On the eve of the parade, the missile system proved its reliability and strength. Alena Syrova knows details about the forthcoming parade.
Speed Yak-130 and MiG-29 and heavy giants AN-26 and IL-76. More than four dozen planes will be taking part in the aerial part of the extravaganza. It took aviators several weeks to rehearse all the actions.
Four Su-34 - guests from Russia - have departed from an airport in the Bryansk region to join the parade formation over the Belarus capital.
Days and nights of training involved 3,500 people. Long before Independence Day rehearsals began not only in the air but also on the ground. People must act absolutely synchronously.
A parade squad of the 76th division of airborne troops of Russia's Armed Forces will for the fourth time take part in the parade in Minsk. It was this very division that took part in the liberation of Belarus as part of the 1st and then the 2nd Belarusian fronts.
The column of military equipment will follow military personnel at the parade. 150 units of old and new samples of military equipment thoroughly trained countless number of hours.
The main rehearsals were held evenings.
Heading the mechanized columns is the legendary T-34 tank, which 72 years ago was the first to break into then occupied Minsk.
And this is the pride of Belarusian military industry - Polonez. It has no analogues in the CIS. The multiple rocket launcher is capable of hitting up to eight targets simultaneously at a distance of 200 kilometers. The error may reach only 30 meters. Even the Russian development Tornado-S cannot boast these performance figures.
The testing was held several weeks ago in the Gomel region. Back then the Belarusian development hit the target with a jeweler's precision landing 1.5 meters from a given point. Today, Polonez is the reality of the Belarusian army, which left behind its predecessors and competitors.
The most outstanding part of the military parade is always a show of honor guards, with their virtuoso weapons handling. To skillfully and easily rotate the 4kg carbine, each of the 112 personnel trains every day for eight hours. But the result is definitely worth it.
The format of the civilian part of the parade has changed in 2016. At the end of the parade, there will be a mass choreographic number and a premiere of a song, written specifically for Independence Day.
The stela and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the center of Belarus' capital will become the main event venue in Minsk. At exactly 22.50, Belarusians will sing the national anthem together the entire country. At 11pm, a colorful fireworks display will end the festivities. In 2016, you can observe it from six points. The final or the opening salvo turns into the national flag against the backdrop of night sky.