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Swiss National Day in Switzerland

Quick Facts

Switzerland's National Day falls on August 1.

Local names

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

Swiss National Day 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Swiss National Day 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

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

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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.

Background

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
WedAug 11990Swiss National DayNational holiday 
ThuAug 11991Swiss National DayNational holiday 
SatAug 11992Swiss National DayNational holiday 
SunAug 11993Swiss National DayNational holiday 
MonAug 11994Swiss National DayNational holiday 
TueAug 11995Swiss National DayNational holiday 
ThuAug 11996Swiss National DayNational holiday 
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SatAug 11998Swiss National DayNational holiday 
SunAug 11999Swiss National DayNational holiday 
TueAug 12000Swiss National DayNational holiday 
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