This page gives you information about the D-Day 75 events. It tells you how you can take part, and when the city may be busier than usual. This information is for both residents and businesses.

There is also a page for road closure and parking information.

Viewing the events

There are many events taking place in Portsmouth between 5-9 June.

The national commemorative event on Southsea Common on Wednesday 5 June will be attended by D-Day veterans, invited guests and heads of state. For security reasons, this event won't be open to the public. However, there will be big screens on Southsea Common where you can watch the commemorations. The event will also be broadcast on the BBC.

All other events will be open to the public. This includes:

  • Wednesday 5 June (afternoon) - A Red Arrows display above Southsea Common
  • Wednesday 5 June (evening) - The departure of MV Boudicca, which will take up to 300 veterans to Normandy. This will take place on Southsea seafront.
  • Thursday 6 June (all day) - coverage of D-Day 75 from Normandy, which will be shown on the big screens on Southsea Common.
  • Thursday 6 June (all day) - A special event taking place in Southsea streets.
  • Thursday 6 June (10.45am) - D-Day 75 Remembrance Service, which will take place at D-Day Stone (opposite South Parade Pier)
  • Friday 7 June (10.30am-11.30am) - Portsmouth Music Hub will perform a special composition on the main stage with over 600 local children at Southsea Common.
  • Friday 7 June (5pm) - Performances by the Military Band Orchestra (5pm) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (6pm) will take place on the main stage at Southsea Common. There will then be an open-air screening of 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' (7pm).
  • Saturday and Sunday 8-9 June (all day) - The Portsmouth Revival Festival will take place on Southsea Common. This will feature music and dancing from the 1940s, arena displays, military and vintage vehicles, a vintage market, and archive and war film screenings.
  • Saturday 8 June (4pm) - The Red Arrows will make another appearance in the sky above Southsea.
  • Saturday 8 June (7.30pm - 10pm) - Sunset Concert for Heroes, with performances from the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, the D-Day Darlings, and the Royal Marines Association Concert Band.

    A full breakdown of the events and what to expect is available on the D-Day 75 event guide.

Fireworks, supported by Gunwharf Quays

There will be a D-Day 75 themed firework display on Saturday 8 June at 10pm, supported by Gunwharf Quays. The fireworks will be lit from barges moored off Southsea seafront, making Southsea Common the perfect place to watch the display and conclude Saturday's entertainment. 

Travelling around the city

The city is likely to be busier than usual during the D-Day 75 events, particularly leading up to the national commemorative event on Wednesday 5 June. However, Portsmouth will be open for business as usual. If you are getting around, please plan your journeys, allow extra time and walk, cycle and use public transport where you can. 

For security reasons, there will be road closures and parking restrictions around the national commemorative event on 5 June, which is organised by the Ministry of Defence. The details of road closures and parking restrictions will be included on here as soon as they are confirmed.

Parts of Southsea Common will also be closed, although we will do all we can to keep the restrictions to a minimum. The event site will start to be constructed on 20 May, so you will notice activity from then. Once we have the details of security restrictions confirmed, we will let you know more about which areas of the common will be closed and when. The information will be put here.


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Further information

Can't find what you're looking for? Return to the D-Day 75 homepage or call our helpdesk on 023 9268 8020.

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