Port of Hamburg anniversary celebrations postponed until September

Preparations for 883rd anniversary underway
11 April 2022
Port of Hamburg anniversary celebrations

Preparations are underway for the Port of Hamburg's anniversary celebrations from September 16-18, 2022, after the Ministry of Economics and Innovation announced the new date. The pandemic had forced its cancellation last May for the second time since 2020. The festival had attracted well over a million visitors before COVID-19 struck two years ago. 

Co-operation going well

"The best side of Hamburg is on show during the port anniversary. I am very confident that thanks to the excellent co-operation between all those involved, we will be able to offer the people of Hamburg and our guests a unique maritime experience again in September," said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics. However, the new date hinges on the development of the pandemic, he added.

World's largest port festival

The Port of Hamburg's anniversary has been celebrated since 1977 and is the largest festival of its kind worldwide. It attracts more than one million visitors annually, around 300 ships and features all kinds of stage acts. Controlling access to the festivities had proven a headache in 2020 and 2021 prompting all those involved including sub-organizers, security authorities and maritime event managers to postpone the event until September.