This 1st of July is a very special day for Hong Kong, the 20th Anniversary of Establishment. Hong Kong will highlight this day with a massive Hong Kong Establishment Celebration Fireworks Show.
On the very same day in 1997, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) had been returned in a special handover ceremony from the United Kingdom (U.K.) to Mainland China. In order to commemorate and celebrate this special day, besides fireworks, Hong Kong has a full set of activities and celebration every year. Since this year marks the 20th Anniversary, be prepared for some spectacular ceremonies, parades, and cultural performances.
The Hong Kong fireworks show attracts not only many locals, but also many overseas visitors from around the world. Usually, Hong Kong has several times throughout the year fireworks. The most popular and well-known are the fireworks shows celebrating the Chinese New Year (CNY), Hong Kong National Day fireworks as well as the counting down the legendary Hong Kong New Year fireworks. However, the firework show on July 1, 2017 celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong Establishment Day is definitely a highlight you should not miss. In the past, the 5th, 10th and 15th Anniversary had been nothing less than spectacular. You can be assured that this year’s firework show will be undoubtedly splendid and illuminate Victoria Harbour night sky once of a kind.
When and where does the 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Celebration Fireworks start and take place?
The firework schedule has been announced. Hong Kong’s firework display will take place on July 1, 2017 (Saturday) and starts at 8:00pm. The complete firework show will last around 23 minutes. Roughly 40,000 pyrotechnic shells will be fired in the night sky over Victoria Harbour. The firework show will consist of eight scenes. The iconic ‘Under The Lion Rock’ song and ‘Another Day of Sun’ from the blockbuster movie La La Land will be played as well as the 20th Anniversary celebration theme song. Watch out for the number ‘20’, the Bauhinia flower as well as fiery displays of ‘China HK’ during the firework show and different scenes. In addition, around 100 beam lights and LED display have been installed along the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre giving spectators a new 3D kind of fireworks show. It will be the most expensive firework event since 1997. The cost of the July 1 fireworks show is estimated to be around HK$ 12 million.
Where are the best vantage points to watch the 20th Anniversary Establishment Celebration Fireworks Show Celebration?
Since the fireworks will be launched from five barges on Victoria Harbour the best vantage points to enjoy the spectacular 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Day Fireworks Celebration are along Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Central, Wan Chai and of course on the water (scroll down for more information about the firework harbour cruises). Usually, the TST waterfront promenade including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza as well as the Avenue of Stars are one of the best places to enjoy the show.
However, keep in mind that Avenue of Stars has been closed and will be closed for the next 3 years. Having said that, be prepared that this vantage spot will fill quickly and will be very crowded. Keep in mind the fireworks schedule and prepare plenty of time to travel to and from TST.
From Kowloon Side
1. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
2. Tsim Sha Tsui Garden of Stars
3. Hung Hom Bypass (the highway will be closed during this event and a one of a kind opportunity to walk on one of Hong Kong’s busiest streets without cars)
4. West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
From Hong Kong Island Side
1. Central Ferry Piers
2. Golden Bauhinia Square at Wan Chai
3. Causeway Bay
Watch the Hong Kong Establishment Celebration Fireworks From Hotels and Restaurants
In case you would like to enjoy the fireworks from the convenience of your hotel room or while enjoying dinner or glass of wine, beer or cocktail, you might want to take a closer look at the following hotels. But make sure to reserve your seats/rooms quick since this is one of the hottest events in the years. You can click the following links to check/book the hotels.
Hotels with harbour views on Kowloon Side:
1. Harbour Plaza Metropolis 都會海逸酒店
3. InterContinental Grand Stanford 海景嘉福酒店
4. Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel 九龍香格里拉大酒店
5. Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel 馬可孛羅香港酒店
6. New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel 千禧新世界香港酒店
7. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 半島酒店
8. Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong 香港喜來登酒店
9. Ritz-Carlton (ICC Tower, highest hotel in Hong Kong)
Hotel with harbour views on Hong Kong Island Side:
1. Conrad Hong Kong 香港港麗酒店
2. The Excelsior Hotel 怡東酒店
3. Four Seasons Hotel 四季酒店
4. Grand Hyatt 君悅酒店
5. Island Shangri-La Hotel 港島香格里拉大酒店
6. JW Marriott 香港萬豪酒店
7. Mandarin Oriental Hotel 香港文華東方酒店
8. Renaissance Harbour View 萬麗海景酒店
20th Anniversary Hong Kong Fireworks Cruises 2017
Looking to enjoy the Hong Kong fireworks in the most memorable way? There is hardly any better way to celebrate this special anniversary aboard a cruise ship or one of Hong Kong’s iconic traditional Junk boats. Taking one of the special firework cruises will bring you right in the middle of Victoria Harbour. Nothing beats these views and there is no better vantage point to enjoy the stunning and spectacular fireworks.
There are several cruise operators offering the 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Day Fireworks Celebration Dinner Cruises such as the Bauhinia 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Fireworks Cruise (with Dinner buffet) or the Duk Ling 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Celebration Fireworks Cruise. There are also several travel agencies offering 1st of July Fireworks and Dinner Cruises along Victoria Harbour. Check out our related article about the different Harbour Cruises as well as where to get cheap and discounted Harbour Cruise Tickets.
Do You Know
“Hong Kong usually has three times fireworks display every year. Usually, the fireworks on Chinese New Year are the best. However, since Hong Kong is celebrating its 20th Anniversary expect that this year’s firework show will be one-of-a-kind. Even if you should not make it to the waterfront promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui, you should have a good chance to watch the show in a close distance.”
“Special traffic arrangements are in effect before and after the 1st of July 2017 Firework Show. This includes closure (!) of roads and MTR Exits. Be prepared for a very large crowd. We highly recommend to plan your arrival way ahead of the schedule fireworks time.
“You will find many photographers with tripods waiting along Victoria Harbour. If you want to find a spot for photo shooting along Victoria Harbour be sure to be there before 5:00pm.”
General Info and Details
July 1st, 2017
8:00pm (the firework show will last 23 minutes)
Along Victoria Harbour