Swiss National Day on the Rhine

The Swiss National Day on the Rhine on 31 July 2020 must be cancelled. The reason for this is the ban on events with 1000 or more people, which the Federal Council initially ordered until the end of August due to the coronavirus pandemic. The official federal celebration on the Bruderholz and the federal celebration of Riehen, which both would have taken place on August 1, are also affected by the cancellation.

The 1st of August is Switzerland’s national holiday which is officially celebrated in the canton of Basel-Stadt on the Bruderholz. Basel traditionally starts its celebrations on the 31st of July with a big city festival on the Rhine. Around 100 taverns and stalls as well as numerous music stages and performances create a great atmosphere along the Rhine until 1 in the morning.

Das Feuerwerk der Bundesfeier am Rhein in Basel.
The fireworks display is a brilliant culmination to the National Day celebration on the Rhine.

The festival area extends along the banks of the Rhine in Kleinbasel from the Johanniter Brücke to the Wettstein Brücke in Grossbasel, from the Johanniter Brücke to the Mittlere Brücke and from the pier to the Marktplatz.

The highlight of the day is the firework display, which starts at exactly 11pm. The fireworks are let off from two ships on either side of the Mittlere Brücke. The display is the main attraction of the National Day on the Rhine; it lasts approximately 25 minutes. The fireworks are financed by the Swisslos Fund of Basel-Stadt.

The National Day on the Rhine is organised by the task force «National day on the Rhine». The task force is managed by the Division of External Affairs and Marketing of the Department of Presidential Affairs of the Canton of Basel-Stadt. Members of the task force belong to private institutions as well as governmental bodies.


The task force «National day on the Rhine» places great importance on giving associations and groups from the region the opportunity to run a stall at the National Day on the Rhine. Enquiries can be addressed to the task force «National Day on the Rhine»: