King’s Day (at the 27th of April) is probably one of the most important national holidays in the Netherlands. During this day we celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. The King himself celebrates his birthday in a different Dutch city or village each year. This time he will be celebrating this special day in Groningen, joined by his family: Queen Máxima and his three daughters. Obviously, not all 16 million Dutchies will be joining him in Groningen. They will be celebrating his birthday elsewhere in the country. Curious where you can celebrate with us? Read the things you can do during King’s Day below. Also, don’t forget to wear orange as the streets will be filled with people wearing this national colour.
VISIT THE KINGSLAND FESTIVAL
One of the most popular festivals to visit during this special day is Kingsland. You can show your moves on the beats of known DJ’s such as DJ Snake, Hardwell or Armin van Buuren. The festival will be held in four different Dutch cities: Amsterdam, Groningen, Den Bosch and Twente. Also, if you’re up for it, some known Dutch artist (and loved by many) will show their talent as well. Like de Jeugd van Tegenwoordig for instance, or Broederliefde. Ensure yourself of a great party and buy your tickets (there are still some late birds tickets left)!
GO TREASURE HUNTING ON A FLEA MARKET
Since the end of April is sunny most of the times, you will find a lot of flea markets everywhere in the country. People gather their finest treasures or just random stuff to sell it for a second hand price. Eager merchants will arrive on their favourite sell-spot one day in advance and spend the night on the streets. All to make sure that as many people as possible will see (and buy!) their stuff.
EAT AN ORANGE SNACK
For anyone who has a sweet tooth: try a tompouce (a local variety of the mille-feuille). The top layer, which mostly consists out of sugar, is coloured orange instead of pink during King’s Day. Not a fan of sweet snacks? Have a bitterbal or a cheese square as a savoury treat.