Hanoi has planned a host of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2), with the highlight being a grand meeting and parade at Ba Dinh Square.

At a press conference in Hanoi on July 28, To Van Dong, Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the city is working around the clock to prepare for the celebrations.

About 10,000 local people will march in the parade at Ba Dinh Square on September 2 morning, he said, adding that large screens will be installed at various locations in the city for the public to watch the live broadcast of the parade.

Concerts and sports activities will also be held at Ly Thai To Park, August Revolution Square and in front of My Dinh National Stadium to mark the day.

Other events include a workshop on Hanoi, its tradition and prospects for development, a knowledge contest on the August Revolution and National Day, an exhibition on war items at the ancient Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a bicycle race around Hoan Kiem Lake and free film screening for the public.

Fireworks will be set off at 21:00pm on September 2 at five spots around the city, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Van Quan Lake, My Dinh National Stadium and West Lake, to celebrate the National Day.-VNA