August 1 – Swiss National Day
How do Zurich’s inhabitants celebrate Swiss National Day?

Swiss National Day in Zurich

This is how Zurich’s inhabitants celebrate Swiss National Day on August 1.

Switzerland celebrates its National Day on August 1. It has been a statutory public holiday since 1891. Therefore most people have the day off work and are able to celebrate together with their family or friends. Often people relax and enjoy a barbecue together, and in the evening let off fireworks or watch an official fireworks display. Anyone who is looking for more ideas on how to celebrate this occasion or would like to discover more about the history of Swiss National Day can find out more below.

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History

Why August 1?

Everything you need to know about Swiss National Day in a nutshell.
Public Festival

August 1 at Bürkliplatz

The people of Zurich celebrate Swiss National Day in the city center: with a public festival with typical culinary specialties and traditional music.
Picnic

Parks and Gardens

Families and friends use this work-free day to barbecue and enjoy some time together in one of Zurich’s picturesque parks and gardens.
On Lake Zurich

Restaurants With Lake View

Many people celebrate the occasion by enjoying a tasty meal by the lake and then watching the fireworks displays all around Lake Zurich in the evening.
In the Fresh Air

Hiking

Many locals spend the day hiking in the surrounding region: these panorama hikes can be reached within just 90 minutes from Zurich.
On the Water

1 August Cruise

On 1 August, the Lake Zurich Navigation Company (ZSG) operates various theme cruises (with brunch or evening meal) and round trips on Lake Zurich.

Multifaceted Zurich

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