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Anniversary in Bonn: 75 years of the Basic Law

The City of Bonn, together with the federal government and other partners, will be celebrating important anniversaries for the Federal Republic of Germany throughout the year: The focus will be on the proclamation of the Basic Law 75 years ago, on May 23, 1949, and thus the founding of the Federal Republic.

Theodor Heuss on the ballot for the first German Bundestag.

The celebrations began on September 1, 2023 with a ceremony by the German Bundestag at Museum Koenig to mark the 75th anniversary of the constituent session of the Parliamentary Council. They will continue until the 75th anniversary of the constituent session of the First German Bundestag in September 2024. As Bonn is the cradle of the Basic Law and the most stable democracy on German soil, the anniversaries will be held under the motto "75 years of the Basic Law. Democracy made in Bonn".

Events planned in the city and from within the urban community

Now that the Bonn City Council has given its approval to the planned municipal activities on September 19, 2023, the administration is embarking on further preparations. Numerous decentralized events are being planned in the city and within urban society. The entire urban community is invited to take part.

"I am grateful to the Council for its support," says Mayor Katja Dörner. "We want to celebrate this anniversary together in a dignified manner and emphasize the importance of democracy. A democratic community cannot be taken for granted, which is why it is important to raise democratic awareness in our society."

The city's activities, led by the Office of Press, Protocol and Public Relations, will focus on a major celebration for citizens on May 25, 2024. There will once again be an "Open Day" at the Federal President's official residence in Bonn, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will also open its office. The Bundesrat invites visitors to its premises in Bonn, and the former plenary chamber of the Bundestag in today's WorldCCBonn can also be visited. The German Bundestag will also be presenting itself on United Nations Square.

In order to raise public awareness of Bonn and its historical, German and current international significance on these occasions, the City of Bonn will produce additional special publications in 2023 and 2024, place regional and national advertisements and implement tourism marketing measures.

Learn more on the dedicated microsite https://demokratie.bonn.de (in German)

Texts and numerous - historical - photos on the work of the Parliamentary Council, the promulgation and entry into force of the Basic Law and the First German Bundestag

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