Hong Kong July 1st Celebrations: the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR

Flag Raising Ceremonies, Carnivals, Fireworks...

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.

Hong Kong July 1st Flag Raising Ceremony Bauhinia Square

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.

Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary

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?

  • Cultural performances featuring renown international performers such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Lang Lang, the National Ballet of China, the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing, etc.

  • Major sports events including the English Premier League Asia Trophy 2017, the Volvo Ocean Race with Hong Kong as the only stop in Asia, and an exhibition game matching players from the NBA vs players from the Chinese Basketball Association.

  • Large scale exhibitions in collaboration with Musée du Louvre, Hong Kong Science Museum, the British Museum, and the Palace Museum.

  • International Military Tattoo featuring military bands from Europe, America and Asia will join the military bands from the Chinese People's Liberation Army, including those of the Navy, the Guard of Honour and the Guard of Honour of the Hong Kong Garrison, together with the Hong Kong Police Band.

  • Carnivals and Festivals at the District level on July 1st, 2017 TBA

  • Fireworks over Victoria Harbour on July 1st, 2017 TBA

For a comprehensive list of events throughout the different districts check out the official site at www.hksar20.gov.hk.

And be sure to check our monthly event calendar for any highlights taking place in the month of your visit!

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