Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Amsterdam
Queen's DayEvery April 30th the birthday of the deceased Queen Juliana is celebrated throughout the country, a celebration better known as Queen's Day or Koninginnedag. It is tradition for everyone dress in orange and various events are held at different locations in the Netherlands. In Amsterdam you will find the famous flea market with stalls on sidewalks and temporary tents throughout the capital.
Liberation dayOn May 4th and 5 all major cities in the Netherlands celebrate the Liberation, commemorating the end of World War II. May 4, Memorial Day, is the day that impacts the population the most. The Queen and Prince leave a wreath at the National Monument located on Dam Square in Amsterdam to commemorate war victims. After the offering, 2 minutes of silence are held across the country. Most homes and businesses join this tribute.
On the fifth day, Liberation is celebrated with concerts and activities in Amsterdam and in other provincial capitals. This day is only an official holiday every 5 years. Jewish communities and History Museums join the celebration with various activities.