Commemorative events

Find out about commemorative war events being held in Victoria and get support for holding your own event.


Held annually on 25 April (public holiday)

Marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australia and New Zealand forces during WWI and the day troops landed in Gallipoli.

Restricted trading hours

On ANZAC Day, only exempt shops are permitted to open between 12:01am to 1pm.

For more information on exemptions visit Business Victoria or call 13 22 15.

Remembrance Day

Held annually on 11 November

Marks the end of WWI after 4 years of conflict. Germany called for a suspension of fighting and guns fell silent at 11am on 11 November 1918.

The State Remembrance Day service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Commemorative events in Victoria and around Australia

To find other services, events and exhibitions near you, visit:

For a list of major commemorative events to reflect on Australia’s involvement in times of conflicts and peacekeeping operations, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.

Reviewed 24 January 2020

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