Australia Day marks the anniversary of the day Captain Arthur Phillip first raised the British flag at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788. It is a designated public holiday with hundreds of small and large events taking place across the nation. Australia Day usually begins with morning formalities; flags are hoisted, the national anthem is sung, cannons are fired, special community projects and individuals are recognised, ceremonies are held to welcome the country’s new citizens. There are free barbeque breakfasts and fun beach parties, corroborees and concerts, parades and pageants, sports, festivals and fireworks.Australia’s national day is also an important annual opportunity to recognise the place of indigenous Australians and to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation. It is also a time for all to Australians reflect on and celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. Looking to bur Aissie groceries to celebrate Australia Day? Check out our online grocery guide.