A picture taken on January 17, 2023, shows a view of the Nile River in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP
This marks the twelfth anniversary of the 2011 revolution that ousted late president Hosni Mubarak.
It also marks Police Day which commemorates the massacre of 50 Egyptian policemen by British occupation forces in Ismailia in 1952.
Egypt recently made Thursday an alternative day off for official holidays that fall midweek in order to give citizens a longer weekend.
The decision, which was first introduced on the seventh anniversary of the 30 June revolution in 2020, applies to all national holidays except for Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, and Christmas.
The day off applies to employees in ministries, government institutions, public authorities, local administration units, public sector companies and public business sector companies.