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, sports matches, and as in the case of special anniversaries 10th or 20th for example, a fantastic fireworks display.
2022 celebrates the 25th Anniversary and many events and activities organised by state offices as well as many community groups to conmemorate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland will take place throughout the territory. We are hoping, this being the Silver Anniversary, one of Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays will be in the schedule! Stay tuned!
District Carnivals and Festivals to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the HK SAR
Events and celebrations are organised by the various District councils and scattered throughout the months. Events range from sketching and painting activities, football matches, dancing competitions, cultural nights, dragon and lion parades, marching bands, concerts and art exhibitions, tai chi and martial arts, carnivals and fairs.
Besides the main celebrations on July 1st, hundreds of events to be held throughout the year are planned for the 2022 festivities and some are already underway.
Here's a peek at what's in store for the 25th Anniversary:
Hong Kong is gearing up for the occasion as they get ready to beautfy all public spaces. Lavish decorations will adorn the city, from walkways and promenades, parks and many points of interest, there will be flower galore, light ups and lantern displays. These are some of the projects that have been revealed so far:
Blossom Around Town Floral Festivity - June 1 to October 31, 2022 enjoy the city in full bloom, all prominent parks and locations in all 18 districts of Hong Kong
Kwun Tong Festive Lighting - June 1 to July 31, 2022
Light Festival in Central and Western District Promenade - June 15 to August 31, 2022
Vibrant Hong Kong Thematic Lantern Display in Central - June 27 to October 14, 2022
Light Art Installation and Light up Ceremony at the bridges along Lam Tsuen River and Tai Po Arts Centre - June 30 to December 31, 2022
In the art and cultural scene, the celebrations include a series of exhibitions, concerts and cultural shows. These are some of the highlights:
Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium, an amazing Canvas Exhibition - August 24 to November 21, 2022 at Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Immersive Baroque - Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum, Authentic Italian Treasures - July 15 to November 2, 2022 at the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Opening Exhibitions of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. Exploring the Palace Museum from October 11 to December 6, 2022
Art @ Harbour at Tamar Park and Online - June 25 to October 9, 2022
Women and Femininity in Ancient China, Treasures from the Nanjing Museum - November 30, 2022 to February 27, 2023 at Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Mastering Masterpieces, The Essentials of Chinese Landscape Painting - April 21 - September 14, 2022 at the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Oi! Street Art Space, New Extensions - From May 24, 2022 at Oi! at 12 Oil Street North Point
Memories 25 at the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System - June 11 to August 7, 2022
The 25th Anniversary Concert Celebration at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre - June 20, 2022
The 25th Anniversary Concert Celebration at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall - June 25, 2022
The London Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Screening - August 20 - 21, 2022
Performing Arts Carnival at Tuen Mun Town Hall - May 29, 2022
Performing Arts Carnival at Sha Tin Town Hall - July 31, 2022
Performing Arts Carnival at Tsuen Wan Town Hall - August 7, 2022
Performing Arts Carnival at Yuen Long Theater - November 20, 2022
Performing Arts Carnival at Kwai Tsing Theater - December 18, 2022
Eastern District Cultural Nights at Sunbeam Theatre - June 29 - 30, 2022
Cantonese Opera Celebration at Yuen Long Theatre - June 30, 2022
Cantonese Opera Celebration at the Grand Theatre at Hong Kong Cultural Centre - August 16, 2022
Top highlight sports events include:
Dragon Boat Races: Saikung Dragon Boat Gala, Tuen Mun Dragon Boat Races - June 3, 2022
HKSAR 25th Anniversary Sailing Cup - June 11 - 25, 2022 https://www.sailing.org.hk/
The 25th Anniversary Hong Kong Reunification Raceday, Hong Kong Reunification Snowball at Sha Tin Race Course - June 27 and July 1st, 2022
All LCSD sport and leisure facilities that normally charge an entrance fee will be open for free use on July 1st.
There will be plenty of activities throughout the year for kids including all sorts of drawing, calligraphy, poetry, dancing competitions and the like as well as the many carnivals and fun days staged by all the local districts. Some highlights this year:
The Big Eight Dinosaur Revelation - July 18 to November 16, 2022 at the Hong Kong Science Museum
SaiKung Fun Day at the Hong Kong Velodrome - June 25, 2022
Grand Parade by Disciplines Services and Youth Groups, Annual Parade at Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022 at Queen Elizabeth Stadium - August 11, 2022
Happy @ Parks - Toy Formula 1 - June 19, 2022 at Lai Chi Kok Park
Happy @ Parks - Water Fight Day - July 1, 2022 at Tin Yip Road Park
Happy @ Parks - Pet Carnival - October 30, 2022 at Victoria Park
Happy @ Parks - Family Camp Out Night - November 12 - 13, 2022 at Tai Po Waterfront Park
Happy @ Parks - Frisbee - December 4, 2022 at Kai Tak Station Square
Happy @ Parks - Flower Viewing and Sketching - December 18, 2022 at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden
This is pageantry at its best featuring Hong Kong's Guards of Honor, Police and Military marching bands, and a Grand Flypast
as both the Chinese and Hong Kong
flags are raised to full mast at Golden Bauhinia Square, the site of the original handover ceremony in 1997.
The event is quite short and as expected, fully-attended by government officials and dignitaries.
The Transport Department anticipates that traffic in the vicinity will become significantly congested. There will be road closures as well as suspension of the bus stops on Expo Drive East near Convention Avenue.