The feast of San Marino and the foundation of the Republic of San Marino is a national day of the Republic of San Marino. It is celebrated on 3 September every year and commemorates not only the feast of the patron saint of the Republic, San Marino, but also the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic which, according to tradition, took place on 3 September 301 by the stonemason of Dalmatian origin, San Marino. . The feast is celebrated with a solemn mass celebrated in the basilica of the saint: the relic of San Marino, therefore, is carried in procession, passing through the streets of the town. The program of the festival also includes the reading of the crossbowmen’s announcement, the departure of the crossbow race, after a prayer of the crossbowmen to the patron saint, flag games, parades of the historical parade, a concert by the military band of the Republic of San Marino and games pyrotechnics.
At 2.30 pm the historical procession will start from Porta San Francesco, made up of crossbowmen, ladies, flag-wavers, musicians and figures in splendid medieval costumes; at 3.00 pm at the Basilica del Santo, the blessing of the relic of the saint will take place and the crossbowmen will pray to the patron saint; at 3.30 pm, games of flags, musicians and extras; arrived at the Cava dei Balestrieri, the representatives of the nine Castles of the Republic will compete in the Palio delle Balestre Grandi, the exciting competition where the best San Marino shooters compete, at the end of which the national champion will be proclaimed. This event is also followed by the San Marino State TV and broadcast live, also visible at this link. https://www.sanmarinortv.sm/programmi/web-tv
At 5.00 pm at the Basilica of the Saint, the Holy Mass will be celebrated and the blessing with the relic of the Saint; From 5.15 pm in the districts of the center the parade of the historical parade will take place; At 5.30 pm in Piazza della Libertà the Military Band of the Republic of San Marino will perform under the direction of the Lieutenant, Maestro Stefano Gatta in the traditional and evocative concert in the presence of the Heads of State. At the end of the concert, at 19.00 at Piazzale Lo Stradone the draw of the traditional and rich bingo will be held: 15,000 euros for the prize for the first bingo, 7,500 euros for the second, 2,500 euros for the five. The tomb folders will be on sale in the historic center or at the Titano Theater on the same day from morning until 6 pm. In case of bad weather the extraction of the tomb will be postponed to Sunday 4 September, in the same place and at the same time. At 9.30 pm at the Concordia theater the famous flutist Andrea Griminelli accompanied by Octa jazz Quartet will perform a Tribute to Italian Cinema, performing music by Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. Admission is a free offer and the experts will be donated to the Attiva-Mente Association. In case of bad weather the show will be held at the Concordia Theater in Borgo Maggiore. At the end the celestial vault will light up with the fireworks that will conclude the celebrations.