On May 4, the Netherlands will observe Remembrance Day, a solemn occasion to honour the victims of World War II and subsequent conflicts. Amsterdam’s Dam Square will host the national remembrance ceremony, a poignant event attended by the King and Queen. The ceremony will commence with a two-minute silence at 8:00 pm, followed by wreath-laying at the national monument. Mass ceremonies will be held throughout the day, including wreath-laying and remembrance services, to pay tribute to the fallen. ​


Liberation Day in the Netherlands is a joyous national holiday that marks the end of the German occupation during World War II and celebrates the country’s freedom. Observed annually on May 5, it’s a day of various events like concerts, parades, and ceremonies honouring the sacrifices made for freedom. It’s a day when the Dutch unite to celebrate their past and renew their commitment to peace and democracy, fostering a sense of community and joy. ​

It is a special occasion where Dutch and international artists celebrate freedom through the Liberation Festivals. You can also visit ​Open Jewish and Resistance Homes​ situated in the heart of Amsterdam to hear about personal wartime experiences, watch films and enjoy music. There are Freedom Feasts, where communal meals foster unity, and children’s events are organised to educate them about freedom, providing an enriching and worthwhile experience for the young.

Multiple activities are available in the city to celebrate Liberation Day for families with kids. The complete agenda is available ​here​​ (in Dutch). ​


Ana Sofía González

Hailing from Colombia, Ana Sofía ventured to the Netherlands for love and has since embraced Amsterdam as her new home. As a stay-at-home parent, she finds joy in exploring the city's vibrant culture and attractions, continuously discovering its hidden gems and delights.