On April 25th, the nation shuts down so that we can pay tribute to the service of our military. ANZAC Day gives people across the country the opportunity to remember and respect our fallen soldiers.

While most businesses are closed for the public holiday, here are some ideas on things to do on the day.

Commemoration services

The dawn service isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s ok- there are plenty of other ways to pay respect to the nation’s servicemen and women. There’s the ANZAC Day march that weaves its way through the city, starting at 9am on the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place. Hyde Park, next to the Pool of Remembrance, will hold a commemoration service starting at 12:30, and there’s a short sunset ceremony on Martin Place. Alternatively, head to Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in the city for a special ANZAC Day two-course set menu lunch, followed by a remembrance service at the bar starting at 3:15pm.

A game of two-up

An age-old ANZAC Day tradition, there are plenty of pubs around the city and surrounding suburbs where you can try your hand at the game. If you’re hitting the dawn service, be sure to drop by The Australian Heritage Hotel on The Rocks for their barbecue brekkie starting from 6am, and stick around for some two-up later in the day. Surry Hills’ Beresford Hotel is offering two-up starting from 1pm, a barbecue in the beer garden, plus happy hour from 6-8pm. If you’re after some great live music to accompany your game of two-up, The Vic in Enmore has several bands playing, and the Taren Point Hotel in The Shire will be serving some sick beats following one of the city’s liveliest two-up comps.

ANZAC Day Challenge

Care for a gruelling test of endurance on your ANZAC Day long weekend? Look no further than the ANZAC Day Challenge – you’ve got 24 hours to cross 100kms- be it walking, jogging or trekking (driving your car is obviously prohibited). Divided into three legs, the challenge starts you off at Manly Dam, heading through two national parks and finishing at St Ives Showground. The event is raising funds and awareness for the Soldier On charity that does vital work in supporting returned servicemen and women.

Learn a thing or two

What better opportunity to learn about Australia’s military history than spending ANZAC Day at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour? The museum offers one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world, with replicas of the former Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire and the former NAVY submarine HMAS Onslow. You can also explore the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at The Human Stories of Australia’s Naval Heritage permanent exhibition in the spectacular ANZ Tall Gallery. Discover the human stories of bravery, tragedy and triumph, experience first-hand tales and artifacts from the people who risked their lives in conflict, and look into the customs and traditions that punctuate life in the Navy.