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Remembrance Day in the Netherlands

Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking), on May 4, is an annual observance in the Netherlands that remembers those who died during war and in peace-keeping operations. It is the day before Liberation Day.

Is Remembrance Day a Public Holiday?

Remembrance Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in the Netherlands.

Wreaths in Amsterdam on Remembrance Day.


Observe Remembrance Day

Remembrance gatherings are held throughout the Netherlands. Every year, people dedicate two minutes of silence at 8pm (local time) on May 4 to pay their respects to soldiers and civilians who died during World War II, as well as other military conflicts and peace-keeping missions. Wreaths are laid at various places, such as the National War Memorial in Amsterdam.

Public Life

Remembrance Day is an annual observance and not a public holiday in the Netherlands.

About Remembrance Day

The first Remembrance Day was held on Amsterdam's Dam Square in 1945, according to some sources, while others claim that it was observed for the first time on May 4, 1946. On the following day, May 5, the country celebrates Liberation Day.

Remembrance Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010TueMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2011WedMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2012FriMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2013SatMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2014SunMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2015MonMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2016WedMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2017ThuMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2018FriMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2019SatMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2020MonMay 4Remembrance DayObservance

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