Hong Kong Celebrates National Day

October 1, 2022

National Day Celebrations 2022 Update

The National Day Fireworks on October 1st, 2022 have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 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 which sadly this year have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

The National Day holiday is a favourite of Chinese, when they enjoy a "Golden Week" of days off. This year we may see a different array of celebratory events as we are still following some form of Covid-19 measures.

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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.

2022 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?: October 1 at 9:00 pm - 2022 CANCELLED
Where?: Victoria Harbour
How Much?: FREE!

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 a fly-past, sea parades and drill performances.

National Day Flag Raising Ceremony 2022

When?: October 1st 2022, 8:00 a.m.
Where?: Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

National Day Race Day (Horse Racing) - October 1, 2022

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. The day's festivities begin at noon in the Parade Ring and the feature race is the G3 National Day Cup, the first 1000m Group race of the season. Check the latest HKJC update on live attendance at the races.

When?: October 1, 2022 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)

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened this National Day 2022

Tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.

It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities.

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