It’s just a few more days before it’s time again to celebrate our Dutch pride: King’s Day 2018! On Friday the 27th of April, we will cheerfully celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. Time to party in orange: almost everybody in the Netherlands is free during this celebration. Do you already know what you are going to do? If you don’t have a clue yet, these ideas will help you on your way!
King's Day is not a real Dutch King's Day without the flea markets (vrijmarkten). Throughout the country there are numerous flea markets where people try to sell their stuff. Old stuff, home made stuff, food, art: name it, you will find it. Early in the morning the sellers will be busy too put out their stuff nicely. If you look closely and negotiate, you can often score nice bargains. In Amsterdam, popular locations for the flea market are the Vondelpark, Museumplein and Rembrandtplein. In Rotterdam the official flea market of the Binnenrotte runs to Eendrachtsplein, the Westersingel, Karel Doormanstraat, Van Oldenbarneveltstraat, Van Oldenbarneveltplaats, Aert van Nesstraat to the Meent and the Grotekerkplein. Are you not planning on visiting a big city? In every village there is a flea market where you can stroll over.
King’s Day Festivals
With Koningsdag there are always fun festivals throughout the country. In Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Groningen and Twente you can visit the Kingsland Festival. Rotterdam has the Kroon Festival and in Dordrecht you celebrate King's Day at the Dancetour.
Of course the fair can’t miss on King's Day. Not only the big cities have a fun fair: a lot of cities have fun attractions for kids and adults. After you have been to the local flea market, you can continue with the kids to the funfair. Is there no fair in the city where you are living or do you want to visit another one? Every year there is a very large fair in The Hague that is divided over various locations such as the Malieveld, Lange Voorhout and Lange Vijverberg. On average there are about 60 attractions!
A number of villages and cities in the Netherlands have a trucker ride during King's Day. A whole bunch of honking trucks will drive through the streets and the public will stand alongside the route. The truckers take people with disabilities with them in the cabin, who are waving and enjoying the time in the spotlight. Among other cities, there is a trucker ride through the Hoeksche Waard, Ridderkerk and the municipality of Dronten.
The royal family is visiting Groningen
In 2018 king Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and the rest of the royal family will visit the city of Groningen. The Groningers want to show to the royal couple and the whole of the Netherlands how beautiful their city is. That is why different activities are organized throughout the city. The favorite DJ of the royal couple, Armin van Buuren, will also perform at the Stadspark in Groningen. Prefer not to travel to Groningen? Everything can also be followed via television.
Don’t like King's Day?
Of course you don’t have to celebrate King's Day. Enjoy the long weekend free and plan other fun outings. Take a breath of fresh air on the beach, visit an amusement park, or escape the orange madness by visiting a Belgian or German city.