It’s about that time of the year again: King’s Day 2018! Every year, milions of people wearing all things orange spill to the streets and canals, dancing and drinking from dawn to dusk, essentially leaving the country in complete disarray – what’s not to love?
IT’S KING WILLY’S BIRTHDAY!
Dutchies actually only care about the royal family two days out of the year. One of them is Prinsjesdag, the day on which politicians play fancy dress up and are being lulled to sleep by the King’s speech, the other is King’s day, our official national holiday.
On the 27th of April we celebrate King Willem Alexander’s 51st birthday, and he definitely knows how to throw a good party! He still carries his uni nickname Prins Pils (prince of pilsner) with pride as drinks are flowing throughout the day, all in honour of him. This year he, Queen Maxima and their three children will be visiting Groningen.
HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS COME TO AMSTERDAM ON THE WRONG DATE
Kingsday used to be called Queen’s Day, the celebration of Queen Beatrix’s birthday. When she passed down the throne to King Willy in 2013, the date was moved from April 30th to April 27th. Every year since then, hundreds of tourists show up at Amsterdam Centraal all dressed up in orange looking lost, wondering where the party is at.
YOU’LL FEEL PROUD TO BE DUTCH EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT DUTCH
The reason why tourists and internationals love King’s Day (aside from the plenitude of booze and debaucherous behaviour) is because it’s so easy to blend in with the Dutch crowd. As long as you wear something orange to celebrate the Royal House of Orange, have the rood-wit-blauw flag painted some place on your body (don’t be fussy) and try shouting along to on of our ridiculous anthems, you’re considered one of us.
KING’S DAY ALREADY STARTS THE NIGHT BEFORE
Since people are actually off from work on King’s Day, they can get away with getting incredibly drunk the night before, sleeping off some of the hangover and starting things fresh with a cheeky recovery beer the next morning. Or just skip your beauty sleep altogether and go on a 36-hour bender, if you’re into that. No plans for King’s Night yet? Check out our event at PIP on the 26th >>>
AMSTERDAM DOUBLES IN POPULATION SIZE ON KING’S DAY
Unlike at Trump’s inauguration, you can expect insanely large crowds in the city, especially if we’re gonna have sunny weather (fingers crossed). In Amsterdam, most of the partying happens in the city center and on and along the canals, but there are also plenty of big festivals taking place elsewhere in the city. Is Amsterdam not really your thing? Cities like Alkmaar, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Breda are also big party hotspots.
How and where will you be celebrating King Willy’s birthday?