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Swiss National Day in Switzerland

The Bundesfeier on August 1 is Switzerland's national holiday. The date was chosen because the Federal Charter of 1291 was dated “at the beginning of the month of August”. The document is considered one of the country's most important founding documents.

Swiss flag
The Swiss national flag shows a white cross on a red background.

What Do People Do?

There are celebrations in communities all around Switzerland. In most cases, the official ceremonies include a prayer and the singing of the Swiss national anthem (the Schweizerpsalm). At 8:00 p.m. (20:00) church bells ring throughout the country.

Public Life

The Bundesfeier is a public holiday in all of Switzerland. Offices, banks, schools and businesses are closed. Public transport runs on a reduced schedule.


The Federal Charter (Bundesbrief) of 1291 opens with the words “In the year of the lord 1291, at the beginning of the month of August”. The document unified three cantons in the area of modern-day Switzerland and is considered one of the country's most important founding documents. Switzerland has been celebrating National Day on August 1 since 1891.

Swiss National Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunAug 12010Swiss National DayNational holiday 
MonAug 12011Swiss National DayNational holiday 
WedAug 12012Swiss National DayNational holiday 
ThuAug 12013Swiss National DayNational holiday 
FriAug 12014Swiss National DayNational holiday 
SatAug 12015Swiss National DayNational holiday 
MonAug 12016Swiss National DayNational holiday 
TueAug 12017Swiss National DayNational holiday 
WedAug 12018Swiss National DayNational holiday 
ThuAug 12019Swiss National DayNational holiday 
SatAug 12020Swiss National DayNational holiday 

Quick Facts

Switzerland's National Day falls on August 1.

Swiss National Day 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Swiss National Day 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Name in other languages

Schweizer NationalfeiertagGerman
Fête nationale SuisseFrench
Festa nazionale della SvizzeraItalian
Di da la festa naziunala (1. d'avust)Romansh
Swiss National DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in August 2016 in Switzerland

Fun Holiday on August 1, 2016

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