1 August was Switzerland’s birthday and, naturally, a day off for everybody. I spent the holiday brunching at a farm (including indulging in Rösti to the background sound of alphorns), walking in the countryside, playing games (and winning. Twice.) plus watching Tocotronic play for free on a raft in the river.
The grand display of fireworks typically takes place the night before 1 August. In Basel, the show is launched from a boat on the river. I was privileged enough to watch the spectacle from a terrace overlooking the Rhine, aka the best view ever. See for yourself!