How we celebrate

Citizenship ceremonies
Territory Day is a day we welcome new citizens into our country.

Citizenship ceremonies

Territory Day is a day we welcome new citizens into our country. They pledge their commitment to become Australian citizens in a very special Citizenship Ceremony.

In Darwin the Chief Minister presides overa Citizenship Ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House following the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony.

Flag raising ceremony

Chief Minister holds a special flag raising ceremony.
The Chief Minister holds a special flag raising ceremony at Parliament House to celebrate Territory Day.

The very first Flag Raising Ceremony took place at Darwin’s Cenotaph on The Esplanade, when the NT was officially granted self-government by the Commonwealth.

Today the Chief Minister holds a special flag raising ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House to officially acknowledge Territory Day.

Family fun and fireworks

A good way to enjoy fireworks on Territory Day is to attend one of the Territory Government funded public fireworks displays.

Celebrate Territory Day the safe way

Fireworks are fun but they can be dangerous. Take care when using them by following these safety tips.

Fireworks can only be used on Friday 1 July 2016 between 6.00pm and 11.00pm.

It is illegal to possess fireworks outside of Territory Day. Only buy what you can use on Territory Day.

  • Use a sand bucket to stabilise fireworks and clear a 5 meter radius around the bucket. Have a hose or bucket of water ready for emergencies.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic clothing (e.g. nylon, polyester) when around fireworks as stray sparks can cause them to catch fire.
  • Dud fireworks can still go off, leave them for 15 minutes and then douse with water.
  • Never point, hold or throw lit fireworks and don't hold more than one lit sparkler at a time.
  • Supervise children at all times. Never give fireworks to children under 12 years of age.
  • Alcohol can affect your judgment and coordination so don’t drink before using fireworks.
  • If you receive a burn injury cool the area immediately by submerging in cold water or gently pouring on cold water for at least 20 minutes.
  • In emergency situations dial 000 to contact Fire, Police or Ambulance.

Use and disposal of private fireworks

Private fireworks can only be used between 6pm and 11pm on 1 July. Unused fireworks must be handed in to NT WorkSafe by midday 2 July. Visit NT WorkSafe disposal of fireworks fact sheet for more information.

Think of your pets this Territory Day

Animal Welfare is asking Territorians to take some simple steps to protect their pets this Territory Day.

Animals have a much more sensitive and broader range of hearing than humans, and fireworks can cause pets to flee to try to escape the loud noises.

Each year councils are inundated with enquires regarding lost pets on Territory Day.

Pet owners can reduce the risk to their pets safety by following some simple steps this Territory Day:

  • Do not take your pet with you to fireworks displays.
  • Ensure your pet is registered.
  • Keep your pet indoors or in an area where they cannot escape.
  • Reduce the sound by shutting windows and doors.
  • Camouflage the sound with the television or radio.
  • Give your pet plenty of water, they may become very thirsty when stressed.

Losing a pet can be very stressful for the entire family, but if you follow the steps above you can help to ensure your pets stay at home, safe and sound.

For cruelty or neglect concerns or for more information on animal welfare, contact Animal Welfare on 1300 720 386 or visit

The future of Territory Day celebrations

In 2014, all Territorians were invited to have their say on the future of Territory Day celebrations. Overwhelmingly, you told us that celebrations around Territory Day need to be reinvigorated and a stronger focus placed on bringing Territorians together to celebrate our history, our heroes, our achievements, our lifestyle and our future. To read more, visit Territory Day – The Way Ahead.

A strategy is being developed to build the Territory Day program and ensure the event is entrenched in the hearts and minds of Territorians in time for the 40th anniversary of Self-Government in 2018.

Thank you to all Territorians who had their say on the future of Territory Day.