Each year February 24th is marked by fireworks, concerts, a parade of the defence forces and a presidential reception. This year, the parade will begin from Tallinn's FreedomSquare at noon. Children and adults can admire military units and rejoice to the music of the orchestras of Defence Forces, Police and Border Guard and the United States Air Force. Following the parade, the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, will give a televised speech and bestow state decorations to guests of honour at a national reception.
Estonia's 100th anniversary kicks off a larger series of festivities from April 2017 to February 2020 celebrating the events leading to the state's birth 100 years ago. Estonia's 100th birthday in 2018 will surely be something to behold, and towns across the country are invited to host birthday parties, open to the public, to continue the celebration throughout the year. From July, 2018, Estonia will host the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, adding to the list of special events.
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