On Liberation Day, also known as Freedom Day, the Dutch celebrate the capitulation of Nazi Germany. For the Netherlands, this marked the end of World War II, even though the war had not yet ended in the rest of Europe and Asia. Liberation Day is celebrated on a grand scale with Liberation Day festivals in Amsterdam and in the twelve provincial capitals.
- Celebrate Liberation Day on May 5th and commemorate peace and security.
- Enjoy music, theater and poetry and take a moment to consider what peace and security means to you.
- Find the best festivals right here.
Liberation Day Festivals
Popular events are the Liberation Day Pop Festival in Haarlem and Liberation Day Festival in Wageningen. Many officials visit Wageningen, because it was in this small town that the Germans troops in the Netherlands capitulated in 1945. In Amsterdam, thousands of people gather to see the free concerts at Museum square.
Liberation Day is celebrated every year on 5 May. It’s a moment to realize how lucky you are to live in a country where people live in freedom, and to reflect on the fact that there are many places in the world where this is not the case.