Western Australia Day celebrates the day that British Captain Charles Fremantle claimed Western Australia for the British in 1829, establishing the Swan River Colony.
Although the day was originally called “Foundation Day”, it has since been renamed to include all Western Australians, including Aboriginal communities. WA Day takes place on the first Monday in June, falling on June 1 of this year.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA DAY ACTIVITIES
Make a free festival
WA Day is marked by free festivals across Australia, including Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Geraldton, Onslow, Newman, and Port Hedland.
The highlights of WA Day are the Western Australian Awards of the Year. Nearby people can buy tickets for the Gala Dinner, while others can broadcast the event.
SOTA is a live music festival, held at Elizabeth Quay to celebrate WA Day, which ranges from alternative rock to Australian hip-hop.
WHY WE LOVE WESTERN AUSTRALIA DAY
Pride of Western Australia
WA Day, as it is colloquially known, is a public holiday in Western Australia, and also serves as the basis for the Western Australian Awards of the Year, which celebrate outstanding achievements in these categories: Community, Professions, Sports and Youth, Aboriginal, Community and Art and Culture.
Now it is more inclusive
Since a day that celebrated British colonization, WA Day has become a way to celebrate all Western Australians, no matter how long they have been in the country.
It is a musical
WA Day even has its own playlist, which can be found here http://www.celebratewa.com.au/toolbox/, with many classics that all Western Australians will love.