Fireworks will light up the sky on Australia Day
is the official national day of the country, which takes place every 26 January. The day sparks community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies in cities and large and small communities across Australia. Under a colourful sky decorated by fireworks, Australians enjoy community barbecues with family or friends. There are also sports competitions and other type of festive activities.
Sydney's harbor is a focus and races are held, such as a ferry race and the tall ships race. To salute the multiple races and culture –as it is a nation of immigrations- that compose Australian population, Melbourne's events focus on multiculturalism, featuring the People's March and the Voyages Concert.
The celebration takes place every year on 26 January in remembrance of the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia, which was known as New Holland back then.
It took a century for the that date to become officially named Australia Day, yet records of celebrations on January 26th started back in 1808, with the first formal celebration of the formation of New South Wales in 1818.
Nowadays, Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia and is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day
Eve, announcement of the Honours List for the Order of Australia and formal speeches from the Governor-General and Prime Minister.