King’s Day or Koningsdag

During King’s Day (formerly known as Queen’s Day) residents and visitors can enjoy Amsterdam’s outdoor entertainments at their fullest. Everywhere in the streets, along the canals, in public parks and open air sites will take place the largest street party of the year. A vibrant atmosphere welcomes visitors with live music, dj sets, parties and fleet markets spread throughout the city in a triumphal celebration of the “orange pride”.

26th April 2014

Once queen, the current princess Beatrix chose to keep this date in honor of her mother. From 2014, King’s Day will be officially celebrated on 27th April, the birth date of King Willem-Alexander. However, according to tradition the event is supposed to take place on a Sunday, therefore the first King’s Day will actually be held on Saturday 26th April 2014.

The name of the event might have changed, but the festive mood of the day remains the same!

Occasions in the streets of Amsterdam

With a tradition as tradesmen and merchants, Amsterdam’s residents love to bargain and make good deals.

Vrijmarkt (the free market)

Offers an opportunity to young and adults to sell second-hand items in the streets and parks of the city, transformed for the occasion into the world’s largest fleet market. But the market is not just about second-hand articles: there are stalls full of treats awaiting bargain-hungry visitors!

Fun for the whole family

While kids enjoy selling and negotiating, there are many events for young and adults taking place across the city on King’s Day, including kids make up, games and sport events.

Party night and day

King’s Day is a national holiday, but it remains a working day, where the locals mix up with tourists and foreigners, occupying each free space of the city, in a day of ordinary craziness and chaos! The 2014 program hasn’t been written on the stone yet, but according to tradition, celebrations start the night before – King’s night– with a long string of parties: dj sets in the squares, colorful boats sailing along the canals, live music invading the streets.

The canals

Traffic jams have never been so funny! On King’s Day thousands of boats pack the narrow canals of the city, with sound systems playing high volume music! The funniest thing to do – than being on board- is to enjoy the show and dance along from one of the numerous bridges.

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