If you’ve ever been in Amsterdam for King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day), you will already know that this is hands down the best day of the year in the Netherlands.
Whilst it originally began to mark the King's birthday, it feels like everyone’s birthday on King's Day as the streets and canals of the Netherlands transform into one big party! Every year, millions of people come from far and wide to celebrate all things dutch and all things orange in Amsterdam. The city comes alive with an electric atmosphere as it is taken over by festivals and street parties, and the canals are packed with boats decked out in orange decorations. This is one national holiday you can not miss. You won't regret it.
When is King’s Day 2016?
King’s Day is celebrated on the 27th April - the King Willem-Alexander’s birthday - unless this lands on a Sunday, in which case the date shifts and King's Day is held on the 26th April.
In 2016, King’s Day will be on Wednesday 27th April. The King doesn't wait for the weekend!
The best way to party on King's Day?
As the biggest national holiday of the year, it should come as no surprise that there is an insane amount of choice when it comes to the events happening on King’s Day. From street parties and flea markets, to huge festivals with hundreds of thousands of people, you definitely won’t be bored.
...But the best way to spend King’s Day? On a boat party.
Every King’s Day, thousands of brightly coloured boats crowd the canals of Amsterdam, blaring out music with people dancing on board, as others watch the madness from above. Being part of this orange sea is an unforgettable experience, and a truly Dutch way to enjoy King’s Day.
How can you get on a King’s Day Boat Party?
1. Rent a boat and do it yourself
One way to get yourself onto a boat party is to do it yourself! Grab some beers, gather your friends and find the perfect boat for your party and you’re all set! Not sure how to rent a boat? Check out Barqo, the Airbnb for boats, where you can find the perfect boat for any occasion and free your inner captain.
2. Join one of the other thousands of boat parties already happening this King’s Day!
Can't be bothered with the hassle of throwing your own party? Well don't worry, there is tons of others already organised - including one from Party with a Local! Check them out...
With over 60 people, a sound system and DJs from all around the world on board, it's gonna be a boat party to remember! And with all food and drinks included in the ticket price, your King's Day can be hassle-free. Check out the Facebook event to find out more and where you can get a ticket. But be quick! There's only a few tickets left...
This year ESN Rotterdam are having not one, but two party boats that will be cruising the canals of Amsterdam this King's Day. These parties are also hassle free with an open bar included in the ticket price! Check out their Facebook page to find out more!
Sailing from 11 until 6, you can spend the whole day on the water at No Name No Shame's boat party! If you prefer to choose your own beverages, this is a good choice for you are drinks are not included in the ticket price so you can BYOB. Check out their event here.
This year Amsterdam Boat Parties will be holding two party cruises on King's Day, one setting sail in the morning and one in the afternoon. All drinks and snacks are included in the ticket price here as well, so you can rock up care-free! Check out their event here!
Looking for more information on Amsterdam's nightlife? Check out our Ultimate Amsterdam Nightlife Guide.