Hong Kong Celebrates National Day

Pageantry and parades and the return of our magnificent fireworks
October 1, 2023
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 makes a return in 2023 after a five year hiatus.

The National Day holiday is a favourite of Chinese, when they enjoy a "Golden Week" of days off and a vast array of celebratory events take place.


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, magentas, golds...

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

There is 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.

2023 National Day Fireworks

This is the very first large scale fireworks extravaganza the city has hosted in five years. It will be a magical production featuring nine launch points in Victoria Harbour. For the first time, besides the usual barges, there will be an additional six pontoons shooting the massive HK18 million (US$2.3 million) spectacular in unprecedented fashion. The three barges can shoot fireworks up as high as 250 metres, the six pontoons can shoot up to 100 metres.

The fireworks display will last for 23 minutes in eight scenes upholding prosperity, hope and joy.

When?: October 1, 2023 at 9:00 pm
Where?: Victoria Harbour
How Much?: FREE!

Where are the best spots to watch?

Victoria Harbour Fireworks

You can watch all along the waterfront or from anywhere in sight of the Victoria Harbour skies.

Which side of the harbour? As a general rule, you should watch from whatever side you are staying and plan on walking.

Trying to catch a taxi or the packed MTR on the way home when every one else is also trying to do the same is quite challenging to say the least.

One of our favourite free spots to watch is from the Tsim Sha Tsui side with Victoria Peak and the Central Skyline in the background, you can watch all along the Promenade and the Avenue of the Stars from the Star Ferry Terminal, the New World Centre in the East.

Another popular vantage point for fireworks is the Hung Hom Bypass which is closed to traffic between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road.

If staying in the Hong Kong Island side, consider the area around the Convention Centre and Bauhinia Square or anywhere along the Central Waterfront Promenade that extends from the Central Star Ferry Pier to Tamar Park and has elevated walkways for great views.

You can also watch from the mid-levels and Victoria Peak. Here's a guide and map for the best free vantage points and tips for enjoying the fireworks!

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Keep in mind that all of the public spaces will be extremely crowded!

Crowds of spectators watching Chinese New Year fireworks

By far one of our favourite places to enjoy any of Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays is in the middle of Victoria Harbour aboard a Harbour Cruise. You get not only fantastic unobstructed "front seat" views, you avoid the crowds while enjoying drinks and cocktails aboard without having to worry where the next restroom is...

And there are of course plenty of fantastic venues throughout the city with that million-dollar view for a truly unforgettable experience.

Watching the Fireworks from the water aboard a Harbour Cruise
Watch The Fireworks Aboard a Harbour Cruise

Hong Kong Restaurants and Rooftop Bars With Harbour Views
Restaurants and Rooftop Bars with a View

Hong Kong Hotels with Views of the Fireworks
Hotels with Best Views of the Fireworks

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 2023

When?: October 1st 2023, 8:00 a.m.
Where?: Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

National Day Race Day (Horse Racing)

National Day 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 with prize money of HK$4.2 million.

When?: October 1, 2023 from Noon - 6pm (Gates open at 11am)
Where?: Sha Tin Race Course
How Much?: Varies, from HK10 (HK20 with beer) at the Roof Deck standing or non-reserved seating, or HK50 for table for 2. There are many venues and restaurants from which to enjoy the races, from casual to gourmet dining options and betting areas.
More Info: Hong Kong Jockey Club - National Day Races

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities for this National Day 2023

As this year National Day holiday coincides with the mid-autumn festival, look for lots of lantern carnivals and the fire dragon parades over the weekend.

As part of the festivities, the government has also announced for this October 1st:

  • Free rides on trams, light rail trains, MTR-run buses
  • Free entry to facilities operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, i.e. sports centres and swimming pools
  • Half-price tickets at all commercial cinemas in the city
  • Free Star Ferry rides between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai
  • Free MTR rides for children
  • Free admission to Wetland Park in Yuen Long, the Science Museum and Space Museum

2023 National Day Fireworks Cruises and Offers

A Victoria Harbour cruise provides one of the best vantage points for viewing Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays. You will be surrounded by a glitter of lights and an explosion of fireworks as the stunning celebration envelops the city for this joyous occasion.

Here are some offers for you to consider, they do sell out quickly so try to make your bookings as soon as you firm up your plans!

National Day Fireworks Chinese Yacht Experience SOLD OUT

Hong Kong National Day Fireworks from Cruise Boat

  • Watch the magnificent National Day Fireworks display aboard an ancient Chinese-style yacht
  • International dinner buffet
  • Unlimited refreshments
  • Departs from Central Pier No. 10

When?: October 1st, 2023
How Much?: SOLD OUT
›› More Info and Booking: 2023 Hong Kong National Day Fireworks Chinese Yacht Experience

National Day Fireworks Cruise aboard the Bauhinia SOLD OUT

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks from Cruise Boat

  • Pick-up from 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
  • Dinner Option

When?: October 1, 2023
How Much?: US$ 208
›› More Info and Booking: 2023 Hong Kong National Day Fireworks Cruise

National Day Fireworks at Sky100

Fireworks Viewing at Sky100

Certainly an experience to remember! Likely to sell out quick!
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.
Quick and easy entrance with e-ticket admission

When?: October 1, 2023
How Much?: Special Offer entry after 6pm for two or more Klook Offer HK$236 for two US$30
›› More Info and Booking: 2023 National Day at Sky100

And of course, all our atractions and tours will be running over the National Day holidays!

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