November 11th – Poland's Independence Day
For your information, November 11 is Poland’s Independence Day. It is an annual public holiday, therefore all stores, businesses and institutions (except essential services) are closed that day. Public transportation runs according to a holiday schedule, which means less frequently.
A large number of Poles celebrate the Independence Day by participating in an annual march, which starts on the left bank of the Vistula River, in the city center (Rondo Dmowskiego), and goes through Aleje Jerozolimskie, the Poniatowski Bridge, and Wał Międzyszyński to the commons by the National Stadium, located on the right bank of Vistula (the Praga district). The National Stadium is located approximately 2.5 km north of SWPS University.
The streets along the main route of the march and the surrounding roads are closed to vehicle traffic, including public transport.
The march is televised, so there are TV crews and media around. There are also families and groups of people carrying national flags and other national emblems, walking the streets to join the march or going home after the march
As with any large scale event, there is an increased number of police officers, police vehicles, and medical units in the city that day, to ensure safety.