Hong Kong Celebrates National Day

October 1, 2020 - Fireworks Cancelled

Latest News: The Annual National Day Fireworks Display has been cancelled

The Hong Kong government has cancelled the annual National Day fireworks display on October 1st, 2020 because of the pandemic.
National Day Fireworks on October 1st

Hong Kong celebrates National Day every year on October 1st. It marks the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949 and is celebrated throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

In Hong Kong, celebrations have been held since 1997, the year of the handover of the territory from British hands to China.

The festivities include a host of activities such as Flag Raising Ceremonies and Parades, but the main showstealer is without a doubt the magnificent fireworks display in Victoria Harbour.

The National Day holiday is a favourite of Chinese, when they enjoy a "Golden Week" of days off. This year of course will be different as we are still following tight Covid-19 measures. The 2020 fireworks display has been cancelled.


National Day Fireworks

National Day Fireworks on October 1st

Fireworks displays in Hong Kong are legendary, breathtaking shows of pyrotechnics that lit up the Hong Kong skyline over beautiful Victoria Harbour.

The National Day Fireworks are no exception and every year, on October 1st, thousands will gather along the waterfront to witness this stunning spectacle.

The show is over 20 minutes long and is set off from several barges positioned in the middle of Victoria Harbour.

National Day Fireworks on October 1st

The sparkling show can be enjoyed from anywhere there is a view of the sky above the Harbour, either from the Kowloon or the Island side.

The programme consists of several acts with different themes featuring distinct elements of Chinese culture, Chinese characters, brilliant and colorful designs, etc. and of course the grand finale towards the last minute when the sky is filled with lights and the shimmering sparks in all colours, reds, blues, greens, golds...

Click on the arrow to watch one of the previous displays viewed from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade side:

There is (sort of) synchronised music that is piped in through the speakers along the waterfront. You can also enjoy the musical program by tuning to Radio FM 97.6 - 98.9.

2020 National Day Fireworks

The National Day fireworks programme typically lasts over 20 minutes and is launched from the barges set up in Victoria Harbour.

When?: Thursday October 1, 2020, at 9:00 pm 2020 FIREWORKS CANCELLED
Where?: Victoria Harbour, for best free vantage points see below
How Much?: FREE!

Where to enjoy the National Day 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.

Viewers are invited to tune to Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 (FM 97.6 to 98.9) for synchronised music.

2020 National Day Fireworks Cruises

National Day Fireworks Cruise With Hotel Transfer

Hong Kong National Day Fireworks from Cruise Boat

  • Pick up at designated hotels
  • Transfer to Sai Wan Ho Public Pier for boarding
  • Free drinks included
  • Enjoy the fabulous fireworks display
  • Return to Sai Wan Ho Pier and transfer to designated hotel
  • This cruise is Wheelchair accesible

How Much?: US$ 192

›› More Info and Booking: 2020 National Day Fireworks Cruise

National Day Fireworks Cruise Aboard DukLing

Hong Kong National Day Fireworks from Cruise Boat

Enjoy the extravagant fireworks display to celebrate the National Day aboard DUKLING, the only remaining traditional fishing junk in Hong Kong

  • Embarking points: TBC ALL INFO TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2020
    Mau Tau Kok Public Pier (To Kwa Wan) 7:15 pm
    Tong Shui Road Pier (North Point) 7:35 pm
  • Returns after the fireworks display around 9:45 pm
  • Free flow soft drinks and beer, 2 glasses of red/white wine, snacks included

How Much?: Adult HK$728, Child (4-11) and Senior (60+) HK$588

›› More Info and Booking: Dukling 2020 National Day Fireworks Cruise

Cruise Only: National Day Fireworks Cruise

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 fireworks spectacular to remember.


Hong Kong National Day Fireworks from Cruise Boat

  • Departs from Kowloon City Pier
  • Assemble at pier at 6:30 pm
  • Enjoy a Harbour Cruise in Victoria Harbour
  • Fireworks
  • Return to pier shortly after fireworks display
  • Dismissal at Pier

How Much?: Groupon Offer HK$179 (Approx. US$ 24)

›› More Info and Booking at Groupon: 2020 National Day Fireworks Cruise

Hotels Celebrating National Day Fireworks

Keep in mind that the current Covid-19 situation keeps changing constantly, contact the organisers prior to attending for latest status.

National Day 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.

›› More Info Ritz-Carlton National Day Delights
›› Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, find best rates

Special National Day Menus at the Upper House

Fireworks views from the Upper House

The Upper House normally celebrates National Day at Café Gray Deluxe with a delectable specially designed 5-course menu to take in the fantatic fireworks views.

Vegetarian options are available.

›› More Info and Reservations www.upperhouse.com/
›› Stay at The Upper House, find best rates

Special National Day Menus at the Peninsula

Panoramic night views from Felix at the Peninsula

All of The Peninsula's restaurants will be celebrating National Day with special menus. That evening, The Peninsula Hong Kong extends a warm invitation to all restaurant patrons to gather on the Sun Terrace for complimentary Champagne. Sip and settle in to behold the city's ever-imaginative harbour-side fireworks display.

›› More Info and Reservations [email protected]
›› Stay at the Pen, reserve a harbourview room or suite!

National Day Celebration at the Marco Polo

Viewing Terrace on 6 Floor at the Marco Polo

Indulge in a sumptuous Dinner at Cafe Marco on National Day. Restaurant guests can also enjoy complimentary access to the Viewing Platform on Level 6 to witness the magnificent fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.

Hotel guests naturally also have access to the Terrace for a front-row experience of the spectacular fireworks display.

›› More Info and Reservations on the Marco Polo FB Page
›› Stay at the Marco Polo, find best rates now!

More 2020 National Day Fireworks Offers

National Day Fireworks at Sky100

Fireworks Viewing at Sky100

Certainly an experience to remember!
Ride up the double decker elevators at Hong Kong's tallest building straight to Sky100 Observation Deck where you enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the Hong Kong skyline, famous Victoria Harbour and the stunning fireworks.
One free drink at Café 100 included with the National Day Fireworks package (choose from Soft Drink or Orange Juice or Beer or Red Wine or White Wine)
Quick and easy entrance with e-ticket admission
Session time: 7:30pm-10:00pm

How Much?: HK$ 269 (US$34)

›› More Info and Booking Fireworks at Sky100 + 1 Free Drink (Select the National Day Firework Package TBC

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.

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

›› More Info www.aqua.com.hk

Fireworks and Dinner at Hutong

Fireworks Viewing at Hutong

Hutong offers a unique and stunning setting for the celebration with 360 degree views that wrap around the venue, offering full views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline, Victoria Harbour and the fireworks. It beautifully combines antique interiors inspired by the hutongs - or alleyways - of China of Old, antique metal-studded wooden doors, billowing silk curtains, red lanterns and carved wooden screens...

Hutong is offering once again an elaborate National Day menu to celebrate the ocassion.

Where?: 28F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui

›› Reservations www.hutong.com.hk

Flag Raising Ceremonies

Hong Kong Flag Raising Ceremony

Marching bands, drill team activities, drums and parades...

Flag Raising ceremonies are events full of pageantry and part of each National Day celebration.

As part of the ceremony, the National Anthem is performed, followed by parades and drill performances.

National Day Flag Raising Ceremony 2020

When?: October 1st 2020, 8:00 a.m.
Where?: Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

National Day Race Day (Horse Racing) - October 1, 2020

Happy Valley Horse Races

This is not only an exciting day at the horse races for the National Day Cup event and a chance to celebrate the founding of the Republic, but also an opportunity to enjoy a full programme of cultural and entertainment performances. Check the latest HKJC update on live attendance at the races.

When?: October 1, 2020 from Noon - 6pm (Gates open at 11am)
Where?: Sha Tin Race Course
How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10, free for tourists just bring your passport, or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK130 (must also bring passport)

›› Book the Come Horseracing Tour including tranfers from designated hotels US$ 204

Head to Macau: The 2020 International Fireworks Contest on National Day - CANCELLED

Macau Firworks

Held over 5 weekends, the best of the best in the pyrotechnic industry battle it out in Macau with one of the competitions held on National Day

Times?: 9:00 pm and 9:40 pm
Where?: Sea area in front of the Macau Tower. Where to watch? Just about anywhere in Macau, preferably where the Macau Tower is in full view
How Much?: FREE!

›› More on This Year's Macau International Fireworks Contest and where to watch the fireworks
›› Getting to Macau: See our Macau Day Trip Page

Remember you can get Turbojet and CotaiJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets from Klook.com:

TurboJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets are as follows:

Hong Kong Island to/from Macau Harbour:

  • Single Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK200 HK168 US$ 21.50
  • Round Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK400 HK335 US$ 42.89

More information and Booking Macau TurboJet Ferry Tickets ››

CotaiJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets are as follows:

  • Single Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK186 HK143 US$ 18
  • Round Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK310 HK285 US$ 36

More information and Booking Macau CotaiJet Ferry Tickets ››

TurboJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets also available to/from Hong Kong Airport

Where to stay in Macau? Check out the latest deals:


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