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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.

Is Swiss National Day a Public Holiday?

Swiss National Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2011MonAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2012WedAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2013ThuAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2014FriAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2015SatAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2016MonAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2017TueAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2018WedAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2019ThuAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 
2020SatAug 1Swiss National DayNational holiday 

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