Swiss National Day
How to Celebrate the First of August in Zurich
How do Zurich’s inhabitants celebrate Swiss National Day?

The First of August in Zurich

What exactly is being celebrated on the 1st of August? 

The Swiss have been celebrating their National Day – which is a statutory public holiday – since 1891. Find out more here.

First of August in Zurich

  • In Zurich, a parade starts at 10.20am and leads from Werdmühleplatz, along the Bahnhofstrasse, to Bürkliplatz. This is followed by a public festival, with typical Swiss culinary delicacies, traditional folk music and a host of attractions for people of all ages.
  • Various celebrations are also held in many quarters of the city, featuring food stalls and music.
  • Many restaurants offer a special First of August Brunch.
  • Families and friends use this work-free day to barbecue in one of Zurich’s picturesque parks and enjoy some time together.
  • Many people celebrate the occasion with a delicious meal in one of the numerous lakeside restaurants, offering superb views of the surrounding scenery as well as, in the evening, of the firework displays organized by the municipalities around Lake Zurich.
  • The Lake Zurich Navigation Company (ZSG) operates various cruises and round trips on Lake Zurich throughout the day and during the evening.

All First of August events

Around Lake Zurich
The restaurants around Lake Zurich offer culinary delights and magnificent views.
Verdant parks and fragrant botanical gardens enrich the cityscape of Zurich.
Eating Out in Zurich
Numerous hotels, cafes and restaurants in Zurich and the Zurich region offer brunch
Facts & Figures
Everything you need to know about Swiss National Day in a nutshell.