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Celebrate the First King’s Day in Amsterdam this April

March 12, 2014 by

Amsterdam King's Day

April is a gorgeous time to visit Amsterdam with tulips in bloom. However, this April, the Dutch city will be in celebration mode with all kinds of activities taking place in city parks, in the streets and even in the canals as visitors and locals join together to take in the open-air festivities of the very first King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day).

King's Day Orange

Even pets get in on the celebration.

Kings Day Celebrated this Year on April 26

King’s Day will be celebrated on April 26, 2014 following the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander last year. This is the first such celebration because since 1885 it’s always been celebrated as Queen’s Day (Kioninginnedag) in honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina’s daughter succeeded her on the throne in 1949 and the day was changed to April 30 in accordance with the New Queen’s birthday.

Instead of a sliding holiday, when she became queen, the now Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honor of her mother, however in 2014, King’s Day will officially be celebrated on April 27 which happens to be the king’s birthday, but since it falls on a Sunday the celebrations this year will actually take place on the 26th.

Nutella Waffle in Amsterdam

During the festivities, you can expect to see orange everywhere to show pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Even pets get into the celebration and wear orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year with live music, DJs, parties and a citywide street market.

The street market is free and gives visitors a chance to try their hand at haggling. Plus, you’ll find plenty of food stalls to try authentic Dutch foods. Kids can even try their hand at striking a deal, plus they’ll have an opportunity to enjoy activities designed for the younger set including face painting, games, and sports events.

Plans for all the activities are not yet finalized, but the fun will start on the eve of the big day known as King’s Night. The following day the festive atmosphere continues throughout the city on King’s Day. It’s a beautiful time to visit Amsterdam and offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, have fun, and create some memories.

Photo credits: Antonio Olmedo, Matt Biddulph, Mike Miley

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  1. Julie C. says:

    I’ve heard of “Orange Day” in Amsterdam so I am assuming this is the same event? Looks like a lot of fun for locals and tourists.

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