Kingsday

Kingsday 2014 Amsterdam Hotel 83

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Day before the King Willem-Alexander birthday, because the King’s birthday falls on Sunday.
Amsterdam Kingsday (formerly Queensday) is officially the national celebration of the birthday of the Kkingsday 2014ing, but this in reality is only an excuse to party hard. The celebrations takes place all over the Netherlands, but have a special atmosphere in big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague.
In Amsterdam, Kingsday is by far the largest open-air festivity, with estimated 750-thousend people come to the city, wisely arriving by train. Places in centre like Dam, Damrak, Rokin, Rembrandtplein, Spui, Leidsestraat and Leidseplein are bursting with crowds celebrating and wearing orange.. On Kingssday, all street trade all over the city is unregulated, so it is also the time for second-hand shopping. In Vondelpark the children show their business talents offering various attractions.

 

King’s Night & Day parties

King’s Day is a public holiday but certainly not a day of rest. The Dutch, expats and tourists alike flock to Amsterdam for a day of celebration. Plans for the 2014 are not yet set in stone, but the fun traditionally begins on the eve of the big day (King’s Night) with the carnival atmosphere continuing throughout the city on King’s Day. DJs play parties on public squares, brightly decorated boats fill canals and live music spills onto streets from cafe patios. Read more about King’s Day events.

King’s Day on the canals

Never has gridlock traffic been so much fun! On King’s Day, thousands of brightly decorated boats pack the narrow Amsterdam canals. The next best thing to being on one of the boats is watching – and dancing – from one of the many bridges. Check the King’s Day boating regulations page for more information.

Museums on King’s Day

While the majority of Amsterdam’s major museums and attractions are closed on King’s Day, several notable visitor hotspots traditionally stay open. Check back nearer the time for an overview of what’s open on King’s Day.