Fireworks lit up the skies of Saint Petersburg on Sunday evening to celebrate Russia's Navy Day. Up to 4,000 Navy officers as well as more than 40 ships and submarines took part in the parade, while planes and helicopters flew above the city. Saint Petersburg's Blagoveschensky, Dvortsovy, Troitsky and Liteiny bridges were lifted during the daytime. Russia marks Navy Day on July 29 with... Еще military parades all over Russia. The celebration dates back to the Soviet era, having been established in 1939. It was dissolved in 1980 but reinstated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2003.