Vietnam National Day

 In History, Saigon

Vietnam National Day (Ngày Quốc Khánh in Vietnamese) is tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder: it commemorates the proclamation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi and the independence of the country on September 2, 1945. At the time, nearly 500,000 people gathered at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi to listen to the Declaration of Independence read by Ho Chi Minh, the first President of Vietnam. This officially stated that Vietnam was liberated from French’s colonial force.

As a typical National Day, people get a day off from work and take this opportunity to travel and visit their family, especially if it falls on a Monday like this year.

On that time of the year, we can see Vietnam flags appearing everywhere on the streets, vividly coloring the whole country.

We can also admire the very colorful posters, with the typical graphic style that recalls the spirit of the 1970s, which appear along the streets, to commemorate the national holiday.

Ceremonies and cultural activities are set up and fireworks displays take place on that special day in the major cities of Vietnam.

In Ho Chi Minh city, there will be fireworks shows organized in three different locations tomorrow evening: at the Thủ Thiêm Tunnel between Districts 1 and 2, at the Landmark 81 (Vietnam’s highest building) and at Đầm Sen Park in District 11.

Be ready to gather in advance as the fireworks displays will start at 9PM and will last 15 minutes. Note that several major streets will be closed to vehicles at that time so you have to be ready to walk and stand in the crowd!

If you like to enjoy Saigon by night on quieter evenings, join our city tours by vintage car.

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