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

Flag Raising Ceremonies, Carnivals, And A Spectacular Fireworks Display!

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 this year being a special Anniversary, a fantastic fireworks display is in the programme!

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 offices as well as many community groups.

Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary

Hong Kong 20th Anniversary HK SAR Fireworks
Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Hong Kong  Fireworks

A fantastic fireworks display will lit the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Fireworks displays in Hong Kong are truly stunning and if you happen to be in the city on July 1st, certainly an spectacle you should not miss!

Word has it, this is set to be the most expensive fireworks event since 1997 with a projected cost of HK$ 12 million (just over US$ 1.5 million).

Nearly 40,000 pyrotechnic shells will be fired from five barges in Victoria Harbour. The show will consist of eight scenes and will feature a "Super Fireworks Wall" measuring 1,250 meters long and 300 meters high accompanied by the usual multimedia array of lights, music and LED screens.

When?: Saturday July 1, 2017, at 8:00 pm, fireworks will last approximately 23 minutes

Where?: Victoria Harbour

How Much?: FREE!

More Info: Hong Kong LCSD

Where to enjoy the July 1st Fireworks?

These are some of the favourite places to watch the display, but be mindful that any of the public viewing areas will be extremely crowded, getting there early is definitely a must. Some people arrive as early as noon to stake out a great vantage point and come equipped with picnics, music, drinks, etc.

More Celebrations to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the HK SAR

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.

A beautiful Thematic Lantern Display is set up at Statue Square in Central to promote the intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong and the art of lantern making from June 25 through the end of July.

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:

Besides the main celebrations on July 1st, hundreds of events to be held throughout the year 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 www.hksar20.gov.hk.

Hong Kong Military Tattoo - July 13 - 16, 2017

As part of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR celebrations, the LCSD and the Home Affairs Bureau have organised three spectacular shows performed by world-famous military bands from the Mainland, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland and the United States, together with the Hong Kong Police Band and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies.

In addition, there will be an outdoor Carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui, a fantastic show of pageantry for the family's enjoyment.

International Military Tattoo

When?: Thursday - Saturday July 13 - 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm, "Meet-the-Bands" at the Piazza from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Where?: Hong Kong Coliseum

How Much?: HK 150, HK 250, HK 350 Buy Tickets

Outdoor Carnival

When?: July 15 - 16, 2017 - 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza

How Much?: FREE

Community Concert

When?: July 15, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Where?: Yuen Long Theatre

How Much?: FREE admission by Tickets. Call 2268-7321 More Info

District Carnivals and Festivals on July 1st, 2017

Please note that the Official Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday July 1st will take place at Bauhinia Square at 8:00 am and entry is for holders of valid passes only. NO PUBLIC VIEWING AREA IS SET UP FOR THIS EVENT. The nearby area is also designated as a restricted zone by the Police. There will be road closures and public transportation is being diverted throughout the day until after the fireworks. More info here.

The following events are open and free to the public:

  • Central and Western Carnival - A carnival featuring singing and dance performances, magic show, lion dance, game booths at Sheung Wan Cultural Square

  • "Heritage Vogue - Hollywood Road" Street Carnival, on Saturday and Sunday July 1-2. The event will be launched at PMQ on July 1 with creative stalls, workshops and music performances as well as the sale of local snacks. On July 2, the event will also take place on the section of Hollywood Road from Aberdeen Street through to the junction with Wyndham Street and will include a cheongsam show, street dances, singing and music performances, guided tours, sketching activities, workshops, exhibitions and more.

  • Tsuen Wan Carnival - Booth games and activities at Shopping Mall of D Park

  • Yuen Long Celebrations - Flag Rasing Ceremony at Ginza Square, Tin Shui Wai

  • Kwung Tong Carnivals - Booth games and activities at various locations

  • North District Celebrations - Flag Rasing Ceremony atSheung Shui Reunification Garden

  • "Made In Hong Kong" Street Carnival in Sham Shui Po - Singing and dance performances, game booths, local food, outdoor neon lighting decoration, handicraft, workshops at "Made in Hong Kong" Creative Markets: D2 Place. Will run through August 31, 2017

  • Lamma Dragon Boat Races - Near Sok Kwu Wan Pier Lamma Island

  • Yau Tsim Mong Carnival - A carnival with classic motor cars exhibition, game booths, lion dance, mini electric-vehicles experience, variety show and more at MacPherson Playground, Mongkok

  • Storm the Park - Splish Splash - Water games and carnival activities at Tin Yip Road Park, Yuen Long

  • Dragon Chinese Traditional Culture Carnival on Sunday July 2 in Wanchai - Traditional fire dragon dance performance, game booths and more at Southern Playground, Wan Chai

In addition, there will be FREE admission to all leisure facilities and sports venues in all 18 districts on July 1st, 2017

More Info and comprehensive list of events at the official website http://www.hksar20.gov.hk/eng/.

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And be sure to check our monthly event calendar for any highlights taking place in the month of your visit, remember the celebrations will be ongoing throughout the year!

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2017 Hong Kong 20th Anniversary HKSAR Fireworks Cruises and Dining Offers

A fantastic way to celebrate the special anniversary aboard a cruise ship in the middle of Victoria Harbour surrounded by a glitter of lights and an explosion of fireworks as the stunning celebration envelops the city for the occasion. A Victoria Harbour cruise provides one of the best vantage points for viewing Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays.

Hong Kong Returned to China Anniversary Fireworks Cruise plus City Overview Tour

Fireworks Cruise in Victoria Harbour

A perfect combination for this special day:

  • Departs from Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong designated hotels approx. 12:00 noon
  • Tour the city by coach, highlights: Victoria Peak and ride Peak Tram, Sky Terrace, Aberdeen Fishing Village,
  • Light Dinner included
  • Enjoy the fireworks aboard the Bauhinia
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display
  • Return by coach to designated hotel

How Much?: US$ 224.35

›› More Info and Booking: 2017 HKSAR Establishment Fireworks Cruise and City Tour

2017 HKSAR Establishment Fireworks Cruise and Hong Kong Style Buffet SOLD OUT

Fireworks Cruise in Victoria Harbour

A Hong Kong style dinner buffet and fireworks over the harbour aboard pleasure boat

  • Departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier (Next to Clocktower)
  • Boarding at 5:45 pm
  • Enjoy Hong Kong style buffet on board
  • Enjoy the fireworks display
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: HK$388 Groupon Offer HK$328 (US$42)

›› More Info and Booking: 2017 HKSAR Establishment Dinner and Fireworks Cruise

Two Options: Fireworks Cruise Only Or Cruise Plus Buffet Dinner at Regal Hotel SOLD OUT

Fireworks Cruisein Victoria Harbour

Cruise Only: SOLD OUT

Leaves from the Hong Kong Island side.

  • Departs from North Point East, Passenger Pier East Berth, (MTR Exit A1)
  • Boarding at 7:15 pm
  • Enjoy a Harbour Cruise in Victoria Harbour
  • Fireworks at 8:00 pm
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display around 9:00 pm
  • Dismissal at Pier
  • How Much?: HK$179 (US$23)

Cruise and Buffet Dinner at Regal Hotel

Assembles in Kowloon side.

  • Assemble 4:45pm at Regal Oriental Hotel (30 - 38 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City)
  • Dinner Buffet
  • Coach transfer to pier
  • Enjoy a Harbour Cruise in Victoria Harbour
  • Fireworks at 8:00 pm
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display around 9:00 pm
  • Dismissal at Pier
  • How Much?: HK$399 (US$51)

›› More Info and Booking: 2017 July 1st Fireworks Cruise - Optional Buffet Dinner at Regal Hotel

Cruise Only: 20th Anniversary of HKSAR Establishment Firework Cruise Abord The Bauhinia SOLD OUT

Fireworks Cruise aboard the Bauhinia

  • Departs from North Point East Ferry Pier
  • Boarding at 7:30 pm
  • Enjoy the fireworks display
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: HK$170 (US$22)

›› More Info and Booking: 2017 HKSAR Establishment Fireworks Cruise

Cruise Only: Hong Kong 20th Anniversary of HKSAR Establishment Fireworks Cruise SOLD OUT

Fireworks Cruise in Victoria Harbour

This is the no-frills option and a great offer, no dinner, no bufett, only a fantastic experience as you sail out under the bright lights of the city under the Victoria Harbour skies for a celebration to remember.

Leaves from the Hong Kong Island side.

  • Departs from North Point Ferry Pier
  • Boarding at 7:00 pm
  • Enjoy a Harbour Cruise in Victoria Harbour
  • Fireworks
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: HK$199 Groupon Offer HK$169 (US$22)

›› More Info and Booking: 2017 July 1st Fireworks Cruise

Small Group Fireworks Cruise Aboard a 70ft. Family-Friendly Yacht

Fireworks Cruise small group

  • Departs from Hong Kong Island side, exact spot to be advised at time of booking
  • 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Enjoy open bar (prosecco, beer, wine and soft drinks) and 2-course dinner menu onboard
  • Enjoy the fireworks display
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: HK$940 (US$120), children (0-12) HK$350 (US$45)

›› More Info and Booking: Small Group 2017 HKSAR Establishment Dinner, Open Bar and Fireworks Cruise

Fireworks Cruise w/ Lei Yue Mun Seafood Dinner SOLD OUT

Fireworks Cruise Victoria Harbour

  • Meet at 2:00pm MTR Kowloon Tong Exit F (Next to 7-11 Store)
  • Coach transfer to Lake Egret for visit and then to Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village
  • Enjoy seafood dinner at Lei Yue Mun
  • Board boat for Victoria Harbour cruise
  • Enjoy the fireworks display
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: HK$419 (US$54)

›› More Info and Booking: Lei Yue Mun Seafood Dinner and Fireworks Cruise

Fantastic Restaurants And Bars With Fireworks Views

Fireworks and Champagne at aqua spirit

Fireworks Viewing at Aqua

Boasting the best seats in town and with the most spectacular views of Hong Kong's stunning skyline, aqua spirit at the penthouse of One Peking provides the ultimate backdrop to the fireworks.

  • Two glasses of champagne
  • Live DJ
  • Optional: A 5-course Japanese and Italian dinner created especially for the occasion. Dinner includes sustainable bluefin tuna sashimi and yellow tail carpaccio with crisp garlic & ponzu jelly and wild seafood calamarata pasta with heirloom cherry tomatoes, Italian basil & garlic foam and much more...

Where?: 29F - 30F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui

How Much?: HK$420, VIP HK$1,200 for two, dinner from HK$1,497 - all prices plus 10% Service Charge

›› More Info www.aqua.com.hk - Reservations and Tickets

Fireworks and Dinner at Hutong

Fireworks Viewing at Hutong

Hutong is offering an elaborate 6 or 8 course dinner to celebrate the ocassion. A lively appetiser comes in the form of lightly seared Hokkaido scallops with sesame sauce, followed by Hutong's renowned crispy lamb ribs, marinated for 24hours, braised and then deep-fried and served with pancakes. Hutong's masterchefs have crafted a delicate dim sum inspired by Hong Kong's icon – the bauhinia flower. To honour the occasion, Hutong is offering complimentary bauhinia flower baos throughout July for all parties of four or more.

Where?: 28F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui

How Much?: HK$1,488 +

›› Reservations www.hutong.com.hk

20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Ritz Carlton

Fireworks Viewing at Ozone

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong unveils a sensational dining programme for guests to celebrate this momentous occasion and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.

Several fantastic options:

  • Fireworks and a glass of champagne at the Ozone Bar - HK$280, VIP area HK480

  • Fireworks and Dinner Menu at Tosca and Tin Lung Heen Restaurants - from HK$1,580

  • Standing only, fireworks viewing and glass of champagne from Level 9 Porte-Cochère at the main entrance of The Ritz-Carlton - HK$300

  • Fireworks, Buffet Menu and Free-Flowing Champagne at The Lounge Bar and Cafe 103 - Adults HK$968, Children HK$548

All prices plus 10% service.

›› More Info Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

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