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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Marks Independence

Moscow streets will soon be decked with tricolor Russian flags in celebration of Independence Day. The holiday, on Friday, marks Russia's 1990 declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union.

Since then, celebrations have mainly been low-key. For many Russians, Independence Day is little more than a day off, unlike similar holidays in France or the United States.

Celebrations in Moscow on Friday include a parade starting at Manezh Square at noon and followed by a military band performance at 3 p.m. Several wind orchestras will perform at the entrance to the Moscow zoo, at Tverskaya Ploschad and Tverskoi Bulvar.

The mayor's press office said celebrations would be free of ideological or political messages, unlike in 1996 when presidential candidates used the holiday to stage rallies.

The day will end with fireworks.