Swiss National Day!

swiss national day feature

We arrived to Basel, Switzerland just in time for their Independence Day, also known as Swiss National Day.  The official day is on August 1st, but they start celebrating on July 31st in the cities.*  We were invited by the parents of the people we are housesitting for to join them for a BBQ and a tram ride into Basel for the festivities.  Let me tell you it was a PAR-TAY!  I don’t think either of us have seen so many people in one place before.  Every flat surface was packed with people ready to watch the fireworks.

We took a river boat across the Rhine, that had no motor!  It was attached to a rope and got from one side to the other, simply by the rushing current.  I am not going to lie, at first I didn’t see the rope and I was a bit hesitant to get in a small wooden boat to get to the other side of the river bank in the darkness of night.  But it ended up being beautiful, passing the lights on the bridges from the water was a special memory.

Before the fireworks began they released thousands of small red lanterns.  They looked like red twinkle lights dancing in the sky.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it will give you an idea:

Red Lanterns

Red Lanterns

The fireworks didn’t start until 11pm, Europeans have no sense of bedtime, especially in the summer time!  We found a spot in the center of a bridge over the Rhine.  What we were not expecting was fireworks to go off on both sides of the bridge.  They were synchronized to be identical shows in both directions!  The show went on for at least 30 minutes.  By far one of the best fireworks shows we have been too!

Jon made a short video if you want to experience some music & fireworks from the Swiss National Day:

 

*Yes, I know it is not August 1st.  We have so much to share & with Motivational Monday (my favorite blog day) and Snapshot Saturday, we are a bit behind.

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