Blocked highways, a closed airport, and shuttered tourist attractions just scratch the surface of the measures Beijing is taking to make sure its new national holiday goes off without a hitch. Declared in May, the new September 3 celebration is set to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II.

The main event will be a military parade on the day that would make North Korea blush. The city underwent a full-scale rehearsal last week.

Military parade rehearsal in Beijing#China #WW2 #Tiananmen pic.twitter.com/FvONjeRZfS

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China is pulling out all the stops for its big military parade