Experiencing Vietnam’s Independence Day Like a Local

Vietnam National Day or Independence Day of Vietnam is an essential date in the country’s history. More than just a national holiday, it’s a chance for the Vietnamese to look back to the dolorous but glorious days of the past and to look forward to a promising future.

As a result, international visitors going to Vietnam during this time of the year can experience precious moments if you do your travel properly. And we are here to show you how to achieve it according to pieces of advice from local travel experts.

1. About the Vietnam’s Independence Day 

On September 2nd, Vietnam observes National Day, a significant annual holiday commemorating the momentous occasion when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi in 1945. 

At that time, Vietnam had just gone through a heroic war with the French to abolish the colonial regime and regained liberty. This event in 1945 heralded the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, ending decades of French colonial rule. 

It is also worth noting that President Ho Chi Minh’s demise occurred in Hanoi on September 2, 1969, when he was 79 years old. 

Presently, September 2nd is celebrated nationwide with a variety of events, bringing the Vietnamese people together to honor their history and culture while reaffirming their commitment to a strong and prosperous nation.

During Vietnam’s National Day, the entire nation is bedecked with the national flag. As an expression of patriotism, Vietnamese citizens proudly hang flags outside their residences and establishments, while city walls are adorned with posters of President Ho Chi Minh.

2. Exploring Vietnam’s Top Independence Day Destinations

2.1. Hanoi – Ba Dinh Square

The heart of the National Day celebrations lies in the capital city of Hanoi. Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh proclaimed Vietnam’s independence in 1945, hosts the grandest flag-raising ceremony and parades. It’s a place where history comes to life.

2.2. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Situated in the heart of Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum stands as one of Vietnam’s most sought-after tourist attractions, especially during the National Day festivities. It serves as the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the revered revolutionary figure instrumental in the nation’s struggle for independence.

During this period, the Mausoleum is adorned with vibrant flowers and fluttering flags, drawing numerous Vietnamese visitors who arrive to pay homage to their esteemed leader. Amidst the throngs, you can partake in the solemn flag-raising ceremony, tune in to patriotic melodies, and relish traditional performances. This presents a distinctive chance to immerse yourself in the compelling essence of Vietnam’s history and heritage.

2.3. Independence Palace – Ho Chi Minh City

Renowned as the Reunification Palace, the Independence Palace stands as a pivotal historical site in Ho Chi Minh City, holding a prominent place in Vietnam’s narrative. The National Day celebrations witness the palace adorned with national flags and spirited decorations. 

3. Experiencing National Day in Vietnam: Immersing Yourself in Local Traditions

During this National Holiday, all the corners of every street turn brilliant thanks to the bright red color of the Vietnam national flags. As the Vietnamese will have a day off on September 2, a vast majority of people will come back to their hometown, leaving cosmopolitan cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh a little less crowded. Other tourist attractions, however, will be busier than usual as the native also goes on a vacation.

In Hanoi, the capital city where the declaration of liberty was delivered 74 years ago, there will be a massive march by the Vietnamese army on the same Ba Dinh Square. Other historic spots nearby such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum are popular destinations for both foreign guests and native residents.

Here’s how to experience Independence Day like a true local:

3.1.  Attend Flag-Raising Ceremonies

Kickstart your day by joining locals at flag-raising ceremonies held at major public areas like Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi. The sight of the Vietnamese flag fluttering in the breeze alongside stirring patriotic anthems creates a moving atmosphere that embodies the spirit of the day.

3.2.  Explore Historical Sites

Take this opportunity to delve into Vietnam’s rich history by visiting museums and historical sites. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Hanoi Citadel are excellent options to learn about the nation’s journey to independence.

3.3. Join Festive Parades

Many cities organize parades featuring colorful floats, traditional costumes, and lively performances. Be sure to join the festivities, dance to the beat of the drums, and experience the contagious energy of the crowd.

3.4. Admire Fireworks Displays

As evening falls, vibrant firework displays light up the night sky. Find a prime spot along the waterfront or at a high vantage point to witness the spectacular visual treat that symbolizes the nation’s unity and prosperity.

This year, there are two locations for September 2 fireworks displays in Ho Chi Minh City: Dam Sen park and Thu Thiem tunnel.

3.5. Family Reunions

Vietnam’s Independence Day is a cherished occasion for families to unite and revel in togetherness. Numerous individuals opt for family gatherings, accompanied by delightful meals that frequently showcase traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

By immersing yourself in these local customs and embracing the festive spirit, you’ll not only gain a deeper appreciation for Vietnam’s history but also create cherished memories of celebrating Independence Day as a true local.

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