Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday in The Netherlands and is celebrated every year on the 27th of April (or 26th April if the 27th is a Sunday). The Dutch celebrate the birthday of the king Koning Willem-Alexander. Until 2013 the National Holiday was formerly known as Queens Day and it was held on the 31st April. The year after this National Holiday changed the date from the 30th of April (Queens Day) to the 27th of April (Kings Day), some tourists missed out on this amazing holiday due to the outdated information in some tourists books.
Why is King’s Day an holiday you don’t want to miss out on?
Orange is everywhere! For a country that doesn’t flaunt that much, this is the day that they show their national pride. It’s celebrated by (almost) every ‘Dutchie’. There are a lot of activities in The Netherlands, like flea markets, fairgrounds, traditional Dutch games are being played, children perform dances or music, different festivals are being held and a lot more! The city turns into one big fairground.
King’s Day and the canals
Not only the streets are crowded, but also the canals. People join together on boats to drink and dance.
Fun facts & figures about King’s Day
- The holiday was first introduced as Princess Day, to celebrate the fifth birthday of Wilhelmina
- Queen Beatrix, currently called princess Beatrix, wasn’t born on the 30th of April, but her mother Queen Juliana was, Princess Beatrix decided to keep the holiday on the 30th of April as tribute to her mother Queen Juliana
- 600% sales increase on tompoes sales on King’s Day
- 700.000 people visit Amsterdam on King’s Day
- The average party-goer spends € 26,-
- 135.950 festival tickets are sold on King’s Day to Amsterdam’s 12 major dance fests
- 250.000 visitors arrive by train
Source figures: iamsterdam.com.