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Remembrance Day 2024 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?

Even though Remembrance Day falls on Saturday, May 4, 2024, it is a working day. Most businesses follow regular opening hours in 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
2018FriMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2019SatMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2020MonMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2021TueMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2022WedMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2023ThuMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2024SatMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2025SunMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2026MonMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2027TueMay 4Remembrance DayObservance
2028ThuMay 4Remembrance DayObservance

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