Swiss National Day and 1 August in Basel
1 August is the Swiss National Day. The celebration on the Rhine usually takes place on 31 July with an evening celebration organized by the city (starting at 5 p.m.) and the big firework display (at 11 p.m.).
Cancelled: celebration on the Rhine
The National Day on the Rhine celebration on 31 July traditionally marks the start to the National Day festivities. Refreshment and other stands as well as live concerts ensure a party mood at the celebrations from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. on both banks of the river. The festivities extend along the Kleinbasel bank from the Johanniterbrücke to Wettsteinbrücke and on the Grossbasel side from the Johanniterbrücke to the Mittlere Brücke and from Schifflände to Marktplatz.
The fireworks are lit from two boats, and the best place to see them is on the Kleinbasel bank between the Johanniterbrücke and Wettsteinbrücke.
The National Day celebration and the fireworks on the Rhine have unfortunately been cancelled for 2021.