The Department of State has declared September National Passport Awareness Month. This is because over the next two years, nearly 49 million passports are set to expire and government officials are expecting a flood of renewal requests. Passport Awareness Month encourages U.S. citizens to think about renewing their current passports or to apply for the first time.

During the month Department of State passport agencies open their doors throughout the country for a special Saturday service or for extended service after business hours during the business week.

Global Cleveland will join The Department of State in celebrating Passport Awareness Month, in an effort to promote the importance of international travel and elevate the global profile of the region. Our Passport Awareness Month campaign will shed light on everything you need to know about applying for a passport, renewing a passport and the importance of traveling abroad. Follow us throughout the month on social media by using the hashtag #Passport2CLE.

On September 15th, 2016 we invite you to join Global Cleveland and Cleveland Council on World Affairs for a Passport Party at Market Garden Brewery! Come celebrate international travel and enjoy a night of mingling and networking. This event is free to the public but your ticket in the door is your passport. Don’t have one? We will have passport applications on hand so you can begin planning your first international adventure.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Registration is required. Click here to register: