Celebrate Territory Day 2024: Dates, Events & Fireworks!

Territory Day is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Northern Territory, celebrated every year on July 1st. It’s the only day when fireworks are legal, lighting up the skies as Territorians come together to mark the region’s self-governance since 1978.

This day offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a night filled with spectacular displays, music, and festivities. Territory Day promises to be a night full of fun and celebration. Here’s are all the details for Territory Day 2024.

Territory Day 2024 - Everything You Need to Know

Colourful Territory Day Fireworks in Northern Territory
Territory Day Fireworks by @joe_sikki

When will Territory Day 2024 be held?

Territory Day 2024 will be held on Monday, July 1st. This is the one day of the year when fireworks are legal in the Northern Territory, making it a special date on the calendar for locals and visitors alike.


Why do we celebrate Territory Day?

Territory Day marks the anniversary of the Northern Territory gaining self-governance from the Commonwealth Government in 1978. It’s a day to celebrate the Territory’s unique identity, history, and achievements. The celebrations are filled with community events, music, and of course, lots of fireworks.


Colourful Territory Day Fireworks in Northern Territory
Territory Day Fireworks by @joe_sikki

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Colourful Territory Day Fireworks in Northern Territory
Territory Day Fireworks by @joe_sikki

Where’s the best place to watch fireworks this year?

Darwin is the top spot for Territory Day fireworks. Mindil Beach is particularly popular, with its expansive views of the night sky and the added bonus of the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. You’ll get to enjoy food stalls, live music, and a great community vibe before the fireworks start.

If you’re looking for other great spots, East Point Reserve and the Darwin Waterfront also offer fantastic views and family-friendly environments. Outside of Darwin, places like Palmerston, Katherine, and Alice Springs hold their own impressive displays, each with a local ambience that’s well worth experiencing.


Getting Around

With the increase in visitors and locals heading out to celebrate, it’s a good idea to plan your transport ahead of time. Public transport services often run on extended schedules, and many events provide additional parking or shuttle services. If you’re in Darwin, consider walking or cycling to the main event areas to avoid traffic.

Safety Tips for Fireworks

If you’re planning to set off your own fireworks, remember to follow safety guidelines. Only buy fireworks from licensed sellers, keep a safe distance when igniting them, and have water or a fire extinguisher nearby. Always supervise children around fireworks and follow local regulations to ensure a safe and fun celebration.


Colourful Territory Day Fireworks in Northern Territory
Territory Day Fireworks by @nanja__

Do you plan on celebrating Territory Day 2024? Share where you’re going the comments below!

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