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Queen's Day / Koninginnedag Festival

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The 30th of April is one of the most important dates on the Dutch calendar. Marking the birth of former Queen Juliana, this is a day of celebration- Queen Beatrix declared her mother's birthday to be a permanent national holiday.

The partying actually kick off the night before, on KonniginneNach, with fireworks and a music concert to open the festivities. The following day the streets are a riot of noise and colour, merry Dutch people and stoned tourists. Be sure to follow the dress code – which is anything orange, the colour of the Royal House- to blend right in with the million plus revellers who are out in force. Musical concerts occur alongside a variety of performances, from techno and rock to DJs and breakdancing. Trading laws are suspended for the day, and residents line the roads flogging everything and anything- for the canny antique hunter, this nation-wide jumble sale could be a goldmine.

The biggest party is of course in Amsterdam, where the famous canals are heaving with partyboats and performers. The Queen's Day celebrations are a popular event, particularly in the capital, so remember to book your accommodation well in advance.

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Written by  Amber Due.

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“Queens Day - Koninginnedag”

Queens day competes for the title of biggest street party in Europe. Koninginnedag is 24-hours of partying that started as a celebration hosted by the now deceased former Queen Julianna. Lucky for everyone, her daughter Beatrix kept the festivities aliv… Read more...

Written by  Jared.

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More to see, more to do!

Queensday is more than Amsterdam or The Hague. From 18.00 hours the day before you will have a kick-off in Utrecht. A massive fleamarket is bursting and it goes on througout the night. Music, funny and stupid games, loads of food and drinking, it is a must see!

You join the party when you wear orange, no matter what. A wig, sunglasses, make-up, everybody is crazy, so why not you!

Queens Day

Begun on Queen Wilhelmina’s birthday on 30th April back in the early 1900s, Queen’s Day has evolved from a national holiday into a country-wide street party and ‘free market’, when it is permitted to sell anything at all, without tax restrictions. For the larger proportion of the country not involved in commercial trade and investment, this translates into a countrywide boot sale, liberally interspersed with street performances, food, beer and other interesting substances. Orange, that most flattering of shades, is to be found everywhere in honour of the royal House of Orange, hopefully made all the brighter in the fresh April sunshine.

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