Whatever the case, on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, Chinese citizens saw much of the usual military parades, fireworks, speeches etc. But in addition, they have been given a few days off:
The national day holiday and others were extended in recent years to afford people a chance to relax and spend money.
To make matters more interesting, capitalist behemoths have joined in the fun. A few examples (more here)
McDonald's celebrates the 60th National Founding Day by offering gift cards!
Celebrate 60 years of the PRC by buying a meal and getting a free Coke glass!