How We Celebrate

Join in the celebrations this Territory Day!

FREE Events across the Territory

Join thousands of Territorians who attend the major public events and public fireworks displays on Territory Day.

This year concerts are being held at Mindil Beach Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

Please note that personal fireworks are not allowed at public events.

Citizenship ceremonies

Territory Day is a day we welcome new citizens into our country. They pledge their commitment to become Australian citizens in a very special Citizenship Ceremony.

In Darwin the Chief Minister presides over a Citizenship Ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House following the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony.

Flag raising ceremony

The very first Flag Raising Ceremony took place at Darwin’s Cenotaph on The Esplanade, when the NT was officially granted self-government by the Commonwealth.

Today the Chief Minister holds a special flag raising ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House to officially acknowledge Territory Day.

Personal Fireworks on Territory Day

Love them or hate them, Territory Day fireworks are undeniably a Territory tradition – they have now been a mainstay on our calendar for more than three decades.

The Territory Day fireworks tradition started on 1 July 1980. A cabinet decision in February 1980 determined that the celebration of self-government was a more relevant occasion for Territorians than Guy Fawkes Day in November, which at the time was the NTs “cracker night”.

When the NT Government consulted Territorians about the future of Territory Day in 2014, there were strong views on both sides of the private fireworks debate, but many Territorians love that we are the only State or Territory in Australia to enjoy this privilege.

Fireworks can be purchased in the lead up to Territory Day and can only be used on Friday 1 July 2017 between 6.00pm and 11.00pm. Please ensure you read our Safe Celebrations guide for safety tips.

Personal fireworks are not permitted at Territory Day community events.

Please ensure you read our Safe Celebrations guide for safety tips.

The future of Territory Day celebrations

In 2014, all Territorians were invited to have their say on the future of Territory Day celebrations. Overwhelmingly, you told us that celebrations around Territory Day need to be reinvigorated and a stronger focus placed on bringing Territorians together to celebrate our history, our heroes, our achievements, our lifestyle and our future.

Celebrations are already being planned for the 40th anniversary of self-government in 2018.