History of King’s Day (and Queen’s Day)
Amsterdam celebrated King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day).
The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance
with the new Queen's birthday.
When she became queen, the now Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honour of her mother but as of 2014, King’s Day is officially celebrated on 27 April (the king’s birthday).
The name may have changed slightly but the festive spirit of the day is sure to remain! You'll be treated to a sea of orange as everyone - and their pet - is covered head to toe in oranje (orange) as a show of pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau.
Every year, the royal entourage visits a town or municipality in the Netherlands as part of the celebrations.
Celebrating King's Day in the Amsterdam Area and beyond
On King's Day, cities across the Amsterdam Area are awash in orange, with all-day festivals filling the streets with markets, music, laughter and cheer. If you're looking to avoid the crowds in Amsterdam city centre and celebrate this iconic Dutch day elsewhere in the region (or even further afield), then our inspirational guide should help you find your ideal King's Day spot.