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. Needless to say, if you plan on being
here during this period, you need to make as many arrangements in advance as most hotels, and transport venues will be running at full capacity.
National Day Fireworks
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 4 barges positioned in the middle of Victoria Harbour.
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.
2018 National Day Fireworks
This year's National Day fireworks programme will last approximately 23 minutes and will be launched from the
barges set up in Victoria Harbour.
When?: Monday October 1, 2018, at 9:00 pm
Where?: Victoria Harbour
How Much?: FREE!
More Info:Hong Kong Tourism Board
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.
Cruise Only: National Day Fireworks Cruise SOLD OUT
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.
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
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
How Much?: HK$1,288 +
National Day Race Day (Horse Racing) - October 1, 2018
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.
Head to Macau: The 2018 International Fireworks Contest Final Night
Held over 5 weekends, the best of the best in the pyrotechnic industry battle it out in Macau with the
final contest night held this October 1st.
When?: October 1, 2018
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!