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.
2020 celebrates the 23rd 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. Unfortunately, fireworks have not so far been announced for the 2020 handover celebrations.
District Carnivals and Festivals to Commemorate the 23rd Anniversary of the HK SAR
Due to the current Coronavirus health precautions, 2020 events are likely to be limited, cancellations likely. Please check with event organisers for updates.
Events and celebrations are organised by the various District councils and scattered throughout the month. Events range from sketching and painting activities, football matches, dancing competitions, cultural nights, dragon and lion parades, marching bands, tai chi and martial arts, carnivals and fairs. 2020 festivities to commemorate the 23rd Anniversary have not been announced / confirmed.
Flag Raising Ceremony
This is pageantry at its best featuring Hong Kong's Guards of Honor, Police and Military marching bands, helicopters flying overhead
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.
When?: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Where?: Golden Bauhinia Square
The Transport Department anticipates that traffic in the vicinity will become significantly congested. Members of the public are advised to use public transport services. There will be road closures as well as suspension of the bus stops on Expo Drive East near Convention Avenue.
Comprehensive list of events will be announced at the official website http://www.hksar23.gov.hk/eng/.
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