I’m in Germany for my summer holiday and enjoyed fireworks last night over the Rhine River in Basel in celebration of Swiss National Day.
Swiss National Day 2023
I was at a dinner party this year on the Fourth of July in Pasadena, CA and totally missed the fireworks right down the road at the Rose Bowl, so when I saw that Switzerland was celebrating the founding of Swiss Confederacy with fireworks, I was elated.
My son Augustine was even more excited.
Swiss National Day has only been a national holiday since 1994, but celebrates the Swiss Confederacy dating back to 1291. As we were walking up the Tüllingen, which overlooks the entire valley with France on the right, Switzerland straight on, and Germany to the left, we gave Augustine a little history on Swiss federalism, specifically that it was not until 1990 that women gained the right to vote on local issues in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden (in 1971, women gained the right to vote in Swiss federal elections).
The fireworks were beautiful:
However a night of revelry followed for many, with my sleep disturbed at 2:00 am by a group of kids singing beer drinking songs at the top of their lungs as they walked down the street.
In any case, my appreciation for Switzerland and the beautiful system it has cultivated and preserved over the centuries continues to grow.