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The largest series of events of all time awaits visitors in Budapest on St. Stephen’s Day

Over the long weekend of August 20, the Hungarian Tourist Agency awaits people to Budapest with the largest and most spectacular fireworks of all time and plenty of programs throughout the capital.

In addition to traditional state events, a variety of programs await guests across the city at 18 locations this year, as well as fireworks at 9 p.m. 

Zoltán Guller, CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, said that during the long weekend of August 20, there will be an unprecedented series of programs, and on the evening of St. Stephen’s Day, there will be a gigantic fireworks show along more than 4 kilometers of the Duna between Margaret Bridge and Petofi Bridge. Regarding the celebration of the founding of the state, the richest series of events of all time will take place in Budapest for all ages between August 18 and 22, he said. 

As the French remember the day of the siege of the Bastille, or the Americans the day of independence, we want Hungarians to remember St. Stephen’s Day with a large-scale national celebration, Guller said.

During the celebration, many buildings will be illuminated and a cross will also be displayed with drones to pay tribute to the Eucharistic Congress. There will also be an unprecedented plane parade over the Danube and free events all over Budapest — from Vörösmarty Square to Tabán, Városliget and Várkert Bazaar. 

The Hungarian Armed Forces is also preparing a Budapest Air Parade. Major General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi said that on August 20, more than 200 people will take their oath as military officers at Lajos Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament. After that, the air parade over the Danube will start at 9 o’clock. 

The history of the founding of Hungary will also come to life between Oktogon and Heroes’ Square with monumental, rolling sets, installations and sculptures, as well as star performers.

The parliament will have an open house for St. Stephen’s Days, and the Holy Crown will also be open to the public on August 20 and 21, while the traditional Crafts Festival on the side of the Buda Castle will also be free.

The spectacular Szabadrét festival on Erzsébet Square will also start on August 19, and guests will be greeted with operettas in front of the Vigadó. There will be a Tavern Festival with the best of Hungarian cuisine and folk music at  Vörösmarty Square, while Hungarian sports heroes will be celebrated at March 15th Square. 

For the first time this year, on August 20, a parade will be organized on Andrássy út, where outstanding personalities of Hungarian history, including St. Stephen, will be presented.

There will be programs for children in Vajdahunyad Castle. Those interested can meet well-known designers and craftsmen in Bálna, while the Garden of Philosophers will host classical music concerts, Zoltán Guller said.

A detailed program can be found at https://szentistvannap2021.hu/programok

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