Canberra is Australia’s National Capital, and is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It is frequently referred to as Australia’s ‘bush capital’ because of its size and isolation relative to both Sydney to the north and Melbourne to the south.
Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March to celebrate the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913. Canberra, therefore, had its 100th birthday in 2013.
The date is celebrated with a public holiday for all people in the Australian Capital Territory, and there are many events that take place during March each year as part of the celebrations:
Canberra Day Events
Annual events associated include:
The Canberra Festival – multiple events taking place throughout March in Canberra. In particular Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular and Celebrate in the Park– Canberra’s biggest birthday party.
The Chief Minister’s Awards Ceremony, including naming Canberra Citizen of the Year.