Swiss National Day Celebrations on the Bruderholz
On August 1, Basel’s official celebration of Swiss National Day takes place on the Bruderholz. The grounds open at 18:00 and there will be children’s activities to entertain the family until the program begins with the ringing of the bells of the Titus Church (19:50). Modern and traditional music, dance, circus, and singing formations will delight the audience on stage. There will be a 10-minute speech by the President of the Grand Council at 21:10. The children’s lantern procession that starts at 21:20 will lead to the lighting of the bonfire. The local neighborhood QCB circus artists will perform at 21:35, and the program will end with the singing of the national anthem (21:50), and a fire show with lasers (considered an environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks). Note that the setting off of private fireworks is prohibited in the whole festival area.