Be on high alert for the fourth this year and make sure you pack heat.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department is encouraging law enforcement “to be vigilant and prepared” ahead of the July 4th holiday in the U.S. following attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.
Johnson says people should attend Independence Day events as planned but “remain vigilant” and report any suspicious activity.
He says U.S. authorities will adjust security measures, including those unseen by the public, as necessary.
On Sunday, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul said Americans should heed the government’s warning.
“It is concerning,” McCaul told “Fox News Sunday.” There is a great deal of chatter, a high volume,” he said of terrorist network communications.
He noted that a spokesman for the Islamic State (ISIS) has called for jihad during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan — currently under way — the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the ISIS caliphate and the American Independence Day holiday.
In addition to that confluence is the “Bloody Friday” attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, all within hours of each other, in which ISIS claimed credit.
Read more: Newsmax