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Swiss National Day in the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee

Swiss National Day

31 July & 1 August 2019

At the Swiss National Holiday, various festive activities take place in the Valley of Saas. 

"1. August"


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Obere Dorfstrasse 35
CH-3906 Saas-Fee

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Review (Program 2019 follows)

Saas-Balen Saas-Almagell Saas-Fee Saas-Grund



31 July


Village square

  • 8 p.m.: Apéro on the village square
  • afterwards federal celebration in the gymnasium with ceremonial address
  • Performances of the village associations
  • Barbecue and drinks
  • Music for young & old
  • Fireworks

1 August


Der Umzug beginnt um 17.30 Uhr! Alle Frauen, die die Tracht anziehen, sind herzlich willkommen. Ebenso wäre es schön, wenn möglichst viele Kinder mit Lampions (Jeanshose, weisses T-Shirt, rotes Lumpi) einmarschieren würden.


Bei schlechtem Wetter findet der Anlass in der Turnhalle/Atrium statt.

Village Square

  • 5 p.m.: Beginn of the festivities with musical Entertainment
  • 5.30 p.m.: Apèro and welcome speech
  • 6 p.m.: Performance of the local music societies
  • 7.30 p.m.: Hand over of the Citizen letters
  • 8.30 p.m.: Speech of Roger Kalbermatten, Mayor of Saas-Fee
  • 9.45 p.m. National anthem and fireworks
  • afterwards musical entertainment


Post Square

  • from 4 p.m. Start of the festivities with music, food and beverage at the post square
  • from 7 p.m: Performance of the traditional folk music formation Mischabel
  • 8 p.m.: Opening ceremony
  • 8.15 p.m.: Alphornfriends of the glacier village
  • 8.30 p.m.: Folkloristic dance group
  • 8.45 p.m: Speech by Urs Juon, mayor of Törbel
  • 9 p.m.: Historical music band
  • 9.15 p.m.: Kids lantern parade
  • 9.30 p.m.: National anthem with the wind orchestra Alpenrösli
  • afterwards festivities with the traditional folk music formation Mischabel, food and beverage


The village of Saas-Grund organises a parade with the motto "Life in the olden times in the Saas Valley". How were baskets made? How was the typical Saas "Chreeshut" (hat) made? How did the first visitors arrive in the Saas Valley? Various impressively decorated wagons display the customs and traditions of the people of the Saas Valley.

Village Square

  • 4 p.m. start of the parade at the Hotel Moulin
  • from 4 p.m.: Festivities at the old village with musical entertainment of the local music societies
  • before 8 p.m.: Formations march of the local music societies
  • afterwards speech from Bruno Ruppen, president of the community Saas-Grund
  • afterwards festivities and music with the "Lustigen Saasern"
  • 10 p.m. Fireworks
  • "1 August Umzug Kind"
  • "1 August Umzug Musiker"
  • "1 August Umzug Tradition"
  • "1 August Umzug Kinder"
  • "1 August Umzug Frauen"