Melbourne Day is an annual celebration which marks the founding of the great city of Melbourne on the 30th of August 1835.
Each year, there are a number of fun FREE events held throughout the Melbourne CBD with a special concert held in Federation Square.
Melbourne was founded by settlers from Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) at the behest of John Pascoe Faulkner on the famous ship – the Enterprize. Arriving on the banks of the Yarra River, these European settlers consisted of five men, one woman (and one cat) arrived along the banks of the Yarra River and erected the first shelter in what would become the City of Melbourne.
The name “Melbourne” came from the then Prime Minister of England, the 2nd Viscount of Melbourne. Since the founding of this great city, Melbourne has grown in leaps and bounds. It houses over 4 million residence and has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city time and time again.
To celebrate this wonderful city, there are a number of events planned including the flag-raising ceremony which is the official opening event of the festival which is held at Enterprize Park, Flinders St; the Melbourne Day Concert which is headlined by Australian music legends and held at Federation Square; as well as a number of giveaways, public lectures and a speech by the Lord Mayor.
The easiest way to get into the CBD to celebrate Melbourne Day is by taking public transport. Catch a train to Flinders Street Station and cross the road to Federation Square where you will be right in the centre of the action.
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