19th July 2019
On this day 100 years ago, peace celebrations were held throughout New Zealand in July 1919.
Tauranga celebrated on 19 July with what was described as the 'gayest day in the town's history' aka Peace Day. Starting at 10am with the ringing of bells, a large procession made its way down Devonport Road via First Avenue and finished at the Town Hall in Willow Street. Following a moving ceremony and 'royal feast' games were played at the Tauranga Domain and all children under five received a free toy. Festivities continued after dark and at 7:30pm rockets signalled it was time to light the stack of tar barrels at the top of Mount Maunganui, sending a tongue of flame into the sky.
To celebrate these 100 years since Peace Day, we're bringing a 1920's themed daytime event where you can step back in time and experience life back when the celebrations begun. There'll be a photobooth, games and activities and lots of music.
Come along to this free event happening in the heart of the Tauranga CBD.
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Our Place, Tauranga
Fri 19 July, 10:00-15:00
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