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Australia Day in the City

Australia Day in the City

The City of Adelaide proudly presents: Australia Day in the City - Parade, Concert, Fireworks

Australia Day in the City is the major public event to celebrate Australia Day in South Australia! Held in Elder Park, Adelaide, each year on the 26th of January.

Vibrancy, colour, community and the celebration of national pride surround the Australia Day in the City event. The event involves three main elements - the Australia Day Parade, Concert and Fireworks

Smoking Ceremony

On Australia Day 2019 the day will begin with a smoking and mourning ceremony led by Senior Aboriginal leaders Major Sumner and Rosemary Wanganeen.
The aim of the ceremony is to begin the day with a sincere acknowledgment to Aboriginal people from the Adelaide regional and across Australia. The ceremony will entail a range of gestures of hope and wellbeing.

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Australia Day Parade

The event begins with one of the largest Australia Day Parade’s in the country from 6:00pm, featuring more than 4000 people celebrating what they love about Australia and being Australian, coming together on the streets of Adelaide to showcase their culture and celebrate their communities. The Parade includes over a 100 community groups, vintage cars, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna, floats, giant characters and includes a fly past by an F-18 Hornet. The Australia Day Parade showcases community groups their communities and culture to the thousands of people who line King William Street to watch the Parade. The Australia Day Parade is so important to help celebrate and preserve the many cultures and communities we have in South Australia. 

Australia Day Concert

After the Parade, 40,000 people join together in Elder Park, Adelaide to watch the Australia Day Concert. Starting with a Welcome to Country given by members of the Kaurna Community. Following the Welcome to Country is a performance of the National Anthem, a Flag-raising Ceremony and a 21 Gun Salute. The Veronicas will headline the 2019 Concert, supported by The Sundance Kids! 

Event MC's

Brenton Ragless and Kate Collins from Channel 9 Adelaide

Australia Day Fireworks

In the evening, all eyes turn to the beautiful River Torrens as the spectacular fireworks light up the night sky.

Best vantage spots for watching the fireworks:

  • Elder Park, Adelaide
  • On the grass in front of the Adelaide Casino, Intercontinental Hotel and Adelaide Convention Centre

The Australia Day Fireworks are provided by Foti Fireworks who have extensive worldwide experience in Pyrotechnics including Sydney New Years Eve, Perth Skyworks, the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy and many more.

The Australia Day Fireworks are proudly presented by Aus Gold Mining

Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga - Together, Remember, Recognise

Kumangka,  Mukapainga,  Tampinga, is our way of acknowledging, remembering and recognising,  further thanking Aboriginal people who have contributed to our community , and those of which who are leading the way for our younger generations to follow.  These individuals have committed to bettering the lives and identities of Aboriginal people in South Australia and abroad simultaneously bridging both worlds. 

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Event Information

General Information
Australia Day Parade Map
Australia Day Event Map

Australia Day in the City is proudly presented by the City of Adelaide, and is managed by the Australia Day Council of South Australia.

Australia Day in the City is currently seeking organisations to partner with to present the event - Partner With Us 

For partnership opportunities please contact Emma Barker - emma.barker@adcsa.com.au or on (08) 8212 3999.

Australia Day in the City is aiming to produce a Zero Waste event. Caterers onsite are using biodegradable packaging which can be placed in the compostable bin after use.

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