King’s Day is celebrated across Holland with the Dutch donning orange clothes and accessories ready to party. There are street markets everywhere selling everything from bric-a-brac to homemade treats. Tradition dictates that the Dutch Royal family visits one or two municipalities in Holland on this day.
King’s Day is certainly celebrated with tremendous exuberance in Amsterdam. Activities abound throughout the city and the canals are thronged with boats with partying people.
In the city of The Hague there are many street markets and is particularly busy around the areas of Statenkwartier and Noordeinde. What The Hague is most known for, however, is King’s Night, the night before King’s Day, when its’ various squares – Kerkplein, Grote Markt and Plaats, play host to well-known bands and DJs.
In the city of Utrecht the street markets are open on King’s Night from 6pm onwards. On King’s Day itself there are decorated boats on the canals and parties and gigs on squares such as Domplein, Lucasbolwerk, Mariaplaats, Neude and Janskerkhof.
Just like in The Hague, Eindhoven has a score of entertaining shows for you to enjoy on its squares the evening before King’s Day: on Wilhelminaplein, Stationsplein and Stadhuisplein. On King’s Day the aforementioned squares boast huge markets.
In addition to the street markets and music, King’s Day tradition also calls for funfairs. Every year, there are funfairs to be found in a great many Dutch regions. The best-known funfairs are those at Dam Square in Amsterdam, Grote Markt square in Haarlem, Schiehaven harbour in Rotterdam and around Lange Voorhout in The Hague.
King’s Day is on Wednesday 27 April 2016.