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Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

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Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

Hello all,

my fiance and I arrive in Amsterdam on the Thursday (May 2) following Queen's Day. What should we expect? Will there still be parties and such or is it over by then? We are staying until Sunday night......

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1. Re: Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

Everything will be just about back to normal and the parties will be well over.

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At the end of Queensday the streets are worst than Napoli during a garbage strike, the next day the whole city is clean as a whistle, like there was never a party.

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The weekend after Queen's Day - May 4 & 5 - are respectively Remembrance Day and Liberation Day. There are some aspects of these two days that are extremely impressive, moving and enjoyable. The official May4&5 Committee has some English background and info about the days and the celebrations that occur - http://www.4en5mei.nl/english. Below follows some info about this special weekend, but don't worry, these events will in no way be a challenge to a normal tourist weekend. I suggest that you only at a minimum read the bit about May 4 Remembrance Day so at 8 PM on May 4 you will know why everyone is observing 2 minutes of silence. You wouldn't want to unawares do anything that would disturb these two solemn moments of remembrance and national unity.

May 4, at 8 PM, there will be two minutes silence that is pretty much universally observed throughout the entire country. People will stop what they are doing if they are outside and many if they are even inside their own homes. Many people will stop their cars if they can safely do so. The trams and buses will stop for a moment. At that time there will be a beautiful ceremony of wreath laying at the war memorial on the Dam Sq. This will be the first time that our new king will be the main figure. The Royal Family will lay wreaths, as will war veterans from all our wars, conflicts and peace missions from the 2nd WW forward to today. Children's groups will also lay wreaths and there will be some short speeches. This event is well attended by many thousands of people of all generations. Throughout the city there will be many locations that have particular significance from our 2nd WW history where small ceremonies will take place at the same time.

The comes May 5 - our Liberation Day from the Nazis in WW2. In Amsterdam's Wester Park there will be free music podia and other activities. But the real crown in the jewel - literally and figuratively - of Liberation Day is the traditional outdoor royal concert on the Amstel River in front of the National Carre Theater near Rembrandt Sq. (You may be already gone which would be a shame, but this is good info for others who stumble onto the thread). If the weather is acceptable to nice, this is one of the city's yearly highlights. The concerts are always great, the lighting is great, it is attended by our Royals (again this year will be the 1st time that the guest of honor is our new King) and the atmosphere is amazing when the last song is played and the Royal boat makes a round of the river to acknowledge and greet the crowd. I suspect this year the crowd will be totally energetic, even more than usual, since our new King will only have been inaugurated a few days earlier.

Edited: 23 March 2013, 20:11
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4. Re: Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

LennyBruce, Thank you. We have been to the city many times, but are usually gone by the 2nd or 3rd of May. Your post made me think we were definitely leaving town too early.

Thank you.

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5. Re: Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

You're most welcome :). At least this year you'll be here for Saturday the 4th. If your program allows you may want to be somewhere with a tv from 19.50 - 20.15 or so to see the ceremony on the Dam.

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I find Liberation Day a bit of an anachronism, but it's still a big thing for my in-laws (as survivors of the Hunger Winter http://goo.gl/AZm04 ).

The Remembrance Day ceremony on the Dam is something special. Officially it's in memory of only the Dutch victims of war (and "peace keeping" missions), but for many people it's a moment to think of all victims of war. I've only once been on the Dam itself for the ceremony, and that was the year that a lunatic caused a stampede by screaming. It's better seen, as Lenny says, on a TV somewhere.

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Actually Remembrance Day isn't limited to Dutch victims. Officially it is a day to commemorate everyone, civilians and military, who died in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or everywhere in the world since the 10th of May 1940 because of acts of war or peace missions.

http://www.4en5mei.nl/english/commemorating

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Depends which language version you read, Speedy.

http://goo.gl/tayYg

:-)

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From your link:

“Tijdens de Nationale Herdenking op 4 mei herdenken we allen – burgers en militairen – die in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden of waar ook ter wereld zijn omgekomen of vermoord sinds het uitbreken van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, in oorlogssituaties en bij vredesoperaties.”

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10. Re: Weekend after Queen's day in Amsterdam?

That's true, it's for all victims.

Last year there was a discussion because a mayor somewhere wanted to visit German graves in Holland as well. But a jewish organization was against this.