Every year, a great variety of individual events both on and off the Elbe river make up Hamburg's annual Port Anniversary in celebration of the harbour's 'birthday'.
Of all the fun activities for young and old, the maritime presentations on the Elbe are probably the most unique. Highlights include the Grand Arrival Parade, the Tugboat Ballet and the spectacular fireworks show.
Other maritime events at the yearly Hafengeburtstag include water parades with motor yachts, steamships and heritage sailing ships, staged sea-rescue missions and sporting events like sailing regattas, water skiing and dragon boat races. Water authorities like the Waterways Police, Customs, the Federal Police, the DGzRS lifesaving service and the Fisheries Protection Authority also present their fleets.
From sea shanty choirs to heavy metal, everyone is bound to find a favourite act on one of the ten different stages, each with rotating music throughout the day. And while adults can choose from countless international food and drink stands, a children's festival by St. Michael's Church will amuse the little ones.
Members of the LGBTQI community meet by the Fish Market, where the Harbour Pride area will play host to a mix of entertainment, information and culinary delights.
Culturally-minded Port Anniversary attendees should pay a visit to the various museums scattered among the Speicherstadt UNESCO World Heritage Site and HafenCity.