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Monrovia is the capital and largest city in Liberia. It has a population of about 650,000 inhabitants and is located in the western coastal zone of the country along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mesurado River. It is an important port city and most industries are centred around or a direct consequence of the importance of the city as a port. It is also the financial and administrative centre of the country, but doesn't have any specific facilities aimed at the tourism sector. Just like the rest of the country, the city is getting safer since the last couple of years but not many travellers go here, although a few sights can be visited if you are adventurous and have come here.
The hallmark of all Liberian festivals is the enthusiasm with which they’re celebrated, with New Year's Day a shining example. Expect parties, musical performances, dance, song, traditional drumming, lots of eating and drinking and fireworks and bonfires on both New Year’s Eve and Day.
Independence Day falls annually on July 26, which is a national holiday. Monrovia hosts official events and parades, and parties across the land.
As a result of the freed slaves from America’s southern states, Thanksgiving is still celebrated in Liberia on November 4 in honor of the link between the two countries.
Held every November in Monrovia’s Sports Stadium, the Children’s Festival brings together thousands of young people from Liberia to celebrate their country’s achievements. Interactive games, sports contests, live music and celebrity performances mark the occasion.
Christmas on December 25 is the nation’s favorite holiday, with preparations for the big day lasting weeks in advance. It’s a secular and religious event, with Liberia’s Muslims celebrating with special meals and family get-togethers, and Christians attending church services.
Monrovia has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather year round. The average maximum temperature during the day is about 30 °C and during the night temperatures rarely drop below 22 °C. February to April is slightly warmer while July to September is slightly cooler than average. The rainy season start at the end of May and lasts well into October, leaving sometimes enormous amounts of rain. This is one of the wettest regions of Africa.
Spriggs Payne Airport (MLW) near Monrovia receives all international flights. There is a limited number of flights to and from Freetown (Sierra Leone), Conakry, (Guinea), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Lagos in Nigeria.
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