Celebrate Queen’s Day
April 30, 2013
On April 30, the whole of Holland colors orange when the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day. During this national holiday events and celebrations are held throughout the country and Amsterdam transforms into the capital of festivals. You’ll find unregulated street markets, music and bars on every street corner.
The Royal Family and Queen’s Day
Queen’s Day is the birthday of former Queen Juliana (1909-2004). The current queen, Queen Beatrix, was actually born on January 31, but the tradition of celebrating her mother’s birthday has been upheld.
On Queen’s Day the Royal Family visits one or two towns, that proudly display their cultural highlights and traditions. Members of the Royal Family enjoy and sometimes even participate in the numerous activities. The whole event is broadcasted live on television.
The best Dutch Event
Queen’s Day is the national holiday when Holland turns orange and celebrates - regardless of the weather. You should definitely visit the unregulated street market in the Vondelpark and the concerts at Museumplein. On the eve before Queen’s Day, you can celebrate ‘Queen’s Night’ in the streets of The Hague.
What used to be Queen’s Day is now King’s Day and is celebrated on April 27, not April 30.Read More
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