Amsterdam’s Queen’s Day celebration of the masses in the Netherlands has spread into a night event as well. If you’re looking for a wildly exuberant party on April 30th, and are happy to dress in extravagant orange, then Queen’s Day, or “Koninginnedag,” is one of the world’s biggest street parties. There’s a sea of orange, with unique ideas for donning Netherland’s national colour, so pack your most outlandish orange outfit!
Holland’s Queen’s Day was dubbed a celebration way back on August 31st, 1885 with the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. Sixty-four years later after Queen Juliana’s accession into the world of royalty, Queen’s Day is officially celebrated on her birthday: April 30th.
Succeeding her mother, Queen Beatrice continues to call April 30th Queen’s Day in commemoration of her mother. Her official birthday is January 31st. Her heir, Crown prince Willem Alexander has his own one on April 27th but most of us are not worried he’ll change the date.
The celebration of Queen’s Day actually starts around 7 pm the night before and carries right on over to Queen’s Day. Walk the streets of the Nieuwmarkt and Jordaan areas for the perfect party. Two words of advice: pace yourself! You don’t want to miss out on the biggest street party because you had a few too many funky orange drinks the night before the real celebrations begin. As the night turns into day, join in on the fun of the “free market.” Slowly slither through the market crowds to find second-hand artifacts sold by locals anywhere and everywhere. Find the most outrageous bric-a-brac being sold by the locals, and be entertained by talented teenage rappers, street discos, pick-up bands, tantalizing street entertainers, and young and old aspiring opera singers. Hop on a boat and join in the madness of techno music, or check out one of the ten different stages with DJs spinning their tunes.
You will see it ALL on Queen’s Day. If you are more into the organized lifestyle of concerts, then head on over to Museumplein or Dam Square where huge outdoor concerts are held in an oh-so-orderly fashion!
Queen’s Day is a must to add to your list as the crazy orange memories made here will go down in the books for the biggest, wildest street party you will ever attend.