The officialdom might have been over, but the fun was just started for Australian Day at Koshigaya Park this afternoon.
After a brief spell of rain and thunder threatened to put a literal dampener on the event, the clouds cleared and locals flocked to the Campbelltown park to enjoy some family fun.
Festivities run from 4pm to 9pm, with performers on the main stage, a host of stalls and carnival rides for the kids.
Ace Avenue opened the entertainment with renditions of Forever Young and Working Class Man before moving on to an original tune, Again.
Children lined up for free hair-braiding and face-painting, while adults were thrilled to buy some Sizzler cheesy bread from a special stall.
Local indigenous elder Glenda Chalker delivered a welcome to country address.
She said, as a mixed race woman, that she didn't know whether moving the date of Australia Day was the right move, but she was certain it was time Australia's first people were recognised in the country's constitution.
Attendees were invited to purchase specially-designed water bottles for a gold coin donation to aid bushfire relief in the neighbouring Wollondilly shire.
The events planned fireworks were cancelled out of respect for the recent devastation.