It was in 1885 when the heir to the Dutch throne Princess Wilhelmina’s birthday was widely celebrated becoming a Dutch national holiday( Kingsday). Since then it has been moved the current Queen or King’s birthday for the whole country to celebrate together. On this special day, the Kings’ birthday is admired in various ways and here is some inspiration on some of the many activities to do.
Greet King Willem Alexander
On the 27thof April, our King Alexander will always make an appearance for us on his birthday. This will allow you to view the royal family as they make their entrance. The location of the King’s visit will vary from year to year and this time he will be blessing us with his visit to Groningen. Be there to welcome him and celebrate his birthday.
Trinkets at the Flea Market
Flea markets across the country are a famous function on this lively day. Throughout The Netherlands, you can find a range of flea markets where you can uncover many items for a great price, but even better get to know the past and story behind it and socialize. In cities like Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam there is a big traditional Vrijmarktwhich translates into Free Market where anyone can sell and exchange items.
Orange is everything!
When you look across the streets on the 27thof April, you will see plenty of orange. It is a tradition to wear orange as it is a way to celebrate and honor the Dutch monarchy- Oranje van Nassau. Be sure to have your piece of orange, whether it is a T-shirt or dying your hair, it will be highly appreciated!
Nightlife and Music
Kings Day is a day full of festivity and anywhere you walk in Amsterdam will be a party. However, there are specific events such as outdoor concerts and performances in the Rembrandtplein and Museumplein. Pubs and bars will be opening again after the KingsDay Eve which is also a spectacular night as people celebrate the King’s Birthday. On this eve, there is a display of fireworks and vibrant music.
All in all, there is a range of festivities on this day, be sure to check out what the scene offers but most importantly: enjoy yourself! If you happen to be in need of a taxi transfer during your visit book here for your airport taxi transfer in The Netherlands.