Following directly on from Remembrance Day, the 5th of May is a national day of celebration known as Liberation Day throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands!
On the 4th and 5th of May each year, all of the Netherlands will pause to commemorate the country’s liberation. The German army surrendered on the 5th in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands. Since then, the Netherlands has strived to be the capital of freedom, independence and tolerance.
To celebrate its continual liberation and societal freedoms, various activities and events are planned throughout the city. For example, head to Westerpark near Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Bickersgracht, for the annual liberation festival with live music, food trucks and children's activities!
Please be aware that on the 4th of May, Amsterdam joins the rest of the Netherlands in commemorating the civilians and members of the armed forces who have died in war and peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II. During the Remembrance of the Dead ceremony, people all over the country observe two minutes of silence at 20:00. Dam Square will be a place of silence and a ceremony will be held in the presence of the King and Queen of the Netherlands, and the event will be broadcasted on live television.
For more information, please check out the IAmsterdam website here or ask your concierge during your stay.
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