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Liberation Day in the Netherlands

Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated in the Netherlands on May 5, the day after Remembrance Day. It commemorates the end of the Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

Armoured vehicle with Dutch and Canadian flag symbols at a Liberation Day event at The Hague (Netherlands) on May 5.
Armoured vehicle with Dutch and Canadian flag symbols at a Liberation Day event at The Hague (Netherlands) on May 5.

Celebrate Liberation Day

Liberation Day marks the celebration of freedom and the end of the Second World War for the Netherlands. There are various festivals and celebrations on Liberation Day each year, but it is an official day off only once every 5 years. Events include the Liberation Festival (Bevrijdingsfestival) in Amsterdam, which showcases the talents of Dutch and international musicians.

Public Life

Liberation Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands every 5 years. Banks, post offices, and many businesses are closed. Opening hours in stores vary. Some stores are open as usual, some are open for part of the day, and some are closed all day.

Public transport services may run to a holiday timetable or not run at all. It is a good idea for people wishing to travel by public transport to check timetables for all parts of the routes carefully before setting out.

About Liberation Day

The Second World War was a global war that lasted from 1939 until 1945. The Netherlands was not fully liberated until August 1945. Soon after the war, it was decided that Liberation Day should be held on 5 May, the date of the German army’s defeat.

Liberation Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedMay 52010Liberation DayNational holiday
ThuMay 52011Liberation DayObservance
SatMay 52012Liberation DayObservance
SunMay 52013Liberation DayObservance
MonMay 52014Liberation DayObservance
TueMay 52015Liberation DayNational holiday
ThuMay 52016Liberation DayObservance
FriMay 52017Liberation DayObservance
SatMay 52018Liberation DayObservance
SunMay 52019Liberation DayObservance
TueMay 52020Liberation DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Liberation Day in the Netherlands celebrates the end of World War II in Europe.

Liberation Day 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Liberation Day 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017


Name in other languages

Liberation DayEnglish
Tag der BefreiungGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in May 2016 in the Netherlands

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