This past Monday we celebrated Queen’s Day in Amsterdam. It is the biggest event of the year in Holland and a national holiday for all Dutch residents. Queen’s Day is a celebration that takes place throughout the country each year on April 30th. The Dutch take to the streets dressed in orange (the national color) and celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Oh wait, the Queen’s Mother’s birthday… (apparently this Queen’s birthday is in the winter so that just won’t do…)
In addition to concerts and events throughout the city and even on the canals, Queen’s Day also serves as the only day in the year in which people can sell personal items on the street without a permit. In turn, the streets turn into a yard sale/ block party filled with locals and about 1 million additional tourists.
Although this is my second Queen’s Day, I still hopped out of bed like a kid on Christmas, donned my orange gear and headed out to enjoy all the festivities. This year, Sebastiaan and I met up with some friends, walked throughout the city and ended the day with a BBQ in Oosterpark. We enjoyed a day filled with sunshine, close friends, good music, great drinks and all that Queen’s Day has to offer. I have to admit, I’m already excited for next year! 🙂