Oulu celebrates Finnish Independence Day on 5–6 December
In Oulu, Independence Day festivities last for two days, like the previous two years. In addition to the city centre, there will also be events in Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulujoki, Oulunsalo and Ylikiiminki.
The festivities begin on Independence Day's Eve, 5 December. In honour of Finland, the Oulu City Hall, the tower of the Oulu City Theatre, the Original Sokos Hotel Arina, and Leevi Lehtonen's piece Kuohu at Oulun Energia's Lamellipato dam will be lighted up in blue and white. More venues may still sign up for lighting. The event programme for the day includes the Oulu Symphony Orchestra's concert Kuvia Kotimaasta, morning coffee at Hyvän Mielen Talo, and Samae Koskisen Korvalääke band performing at Tuba.
The Finnish Independence Day's programme 6 December includes the traditional gun salute and flag raising in Linnansaari, Independence Day services at churches, tributes at memorials, the Student Torchlight Procession, the Cassiopeia choir's serenade on the City Hall stairs, and Independence Day's choral evensong at the Oulu Cathedral. This year’s open-for-all civic festivities take place in the City Hall’s assembly hall at 1 p.m. The City of Oulu invites all Finnish war veterans to join the civic festivities as guests of honour.
Other events of the day are, for example, the Independence Day harness race, Independence Day Sauna, and a traditional party at Heinäpään Oluttupa. More information on the programme available on the City of Oulu's webpage.