The King’s official birthday (King’s Day, Koningsdag) in the Netherlands is celebrated each year with parties, street markets, concerts and special events for the royal family on April 27. King’s Day is an official public holiday in the Netherlands. Banks, post offices, and many businesses are closed.
Being the most highly celebrated holiday in the Netherlands, King’s Day holds a special place in the hearts of the people.Today, the country celebrates its place among the nations as they joyously celebrate their ruling monarch on King’s Day. When Queen Beatrix abdicated in favour of her son, Willem-Alexander in 2013, “Queen’s Day” became “King’s Day” which is celebrated on the King’s birthday on April 27th of each year.
On King’s Day there are celebrations throughout the Netherlands. However, the most popular destination is Amsterdam where an average of 700.000 visitors join the 822.000+ locals in the world’s largest street party.
King’s Day festivities start around midnight and last throughout the night (though official rules state that pubs must close for an hour or so before sunrise).