July 1st in Hong Kong is a public holiday that commemorates the Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to Mainland China in 1997.
The scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and as in the case to commemorate the 15th Anniversary, a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. And this being also a special anniversary, fireworks will likely be in the programme! And all indications point to that, although not officially confirmed yet, LCSD's News Releases hint at the preparations underway. So, stay tuned as we will confirm as soon as Fireworks are announced.
2017 celebrates the 20th Anniversary and many events to conmemorate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland will be spreadout throughout the year with many highlight events starting as early as this spring including a wide variety of cultural and sports events and exhibitions.
The theme for the 20th Anniversary of Establishment of the HK SAR is "Together, Progress, Opportunity" and actitivities are organised by state officials and offices as well as many community groups.
The scope of the celebrations is much larger this year and Hong Kong is accordingly dressing up for the occasion. Lavish decorations and banners are to be seen as soon as you land in Hong Kong, at the airport and all entry checkpoints as well as transport venues. In addition, the city is working with designers and local artists to beautify our public spaces.
One such project includes the "City Dress Up: Blossoming Stairs" where 20 selected flights of stairs in the city have been decorated with a seasonal flower pattern from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection. The patterns will be rotated to encompass all 4 seasons. Some of the places where you can find them include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tuen Man Cultural Square, Hong Kong Park... Check them out:
Hundreds of events are planned and some are already underway. Events are being listed as they are announced on the official website at http://www.hksar20.gov.hk/eng/.
What kind of events?
For a comprehensive list of events throughout the different districts check out the official site at
And be sure to check our monthly event calendar for any highlights taking place in the month of your visit!
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