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Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

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Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

My wife and I are Canadian and will be in Amsterdam for this celebration. Can anyone recommend the best place or area to be for this holiday in the city? We would love to pay our respects and toast a few with the locals.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

Hi there,

It's quite lowprofile, and not a full public holiday. Most likely place for a free concert & party is Museumplein, don't know the details yet.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Zeeuws Vlaanderen
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2. Re: Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

Liberation Day is celebrated all over the country, the so called Bevrijdingsfestivals. Each province has one. The one in the province of Noord Holland will be held in Haarlem: http://www.bevrijdingspop.nl/ Half an hour by train from Amsterdam. In Amsterdam itself the celebrities are quite low profile.

Haarlem, The...
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3. Re: Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

The biggest part will be the music festival, it's only once every 5 year that it's a national free day and those times there are also military parades etc.

Are you also in town on the 4th? It's our Remembrance Day. At 8pm there will be a minute silence in the whole country and at the Dam Square in Amsterdam there will be ceremony and people, including the Royal Family, will put flowers at the Monument.

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4. Re: Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

Thank you for all the information. We will be in the city for the 4th and now know where to go to pay our respects to those who sacrificed for us.

I will check out Haarlem for that date.


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5. Re: Liberation Day in Amsterdam 2012

You may want to consider getting to Dam Sq on the 4th where the remembrance ceremonies and wreath laying takes place with the Royal Family in attendance. This year I believe the atmosphere will be even more palpable than normal as the public will be even more than usual enveloping the Royal Family in a blanket of love and support due to the tragic accident of Prince Friso.

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