The Swiss National Day is the country’s national holiday celebrated every 1st of August. It commemorates the day when a historic alliance was concluded by the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden. The founding of the Swiss Confederacy in 1291 has been celebrated every year since 1899 but only became an official holiday in 1994.
Switzerland marks the celebration with solemn political speeches, concerts, gymnastic presentations, and the singing of the national anthem. They also celebrate it with parades, fireworks, bonfires, and family reunions over barbecue.