Published on 26 April 2022
King's Day

King’s Day is officially the national celebration of the King’s birthday. In reality, for lots of Dutchies, it is simply a good excuse to party and have a good time all day long. 

Wear something orange, have an orange ‘tompouce’, and go out to see what King’s Day has in store for you! 

I’ll share a selection of the King’s Day program in the Haarlem area.

Free markets

On King’s Day, people can sell things on free markets without needing a permit. From clothes to books and lp’s, homemade muffins and other stuff, you can find it on these markets.

You’ll find the designated areas below.


Where to find Free Markets in Haarlem?

Haarlem Noord


Zaanenelaan ( between Rijksstraatweg and Orionweg)

Middle way between Van Nesstraat en Zaanenlaan

Orionweg, between Mercuriusstraat and Zaanenlaan, on the road and sidewalk on the side of the houses


NOTE: Free market on Rijksstraatweg is not allowed

Haarlem City Center

Free market allowed between Leidsevaart, Singels, Spaarne and the Vesten.

Apart from:

Stationsplein, Kruisstraat , Kruisweg, Jansstraat, Jansweg, Smedestraat, Riviervismarkt, Klokhuisplein, Frankestraat, Schagchelstraat, Grote Houtstraat east side between Peuzelaarssteeg and Gedempte Oude Gracht, Grote Houtstraat, between Grote Markt and Spekstraat, Gedempte Oude Gracht between Spaarne and Verwulft, Gasthuisvest, Kampervest and Grote Houtbrug, Houtplein, Raamsingel, Gasthuissingel, Kampersingel, Van Eedenstraat, Raambrug, Westzijde Wilsonsplein at the height of Wilhelminastraat and Wilhelminastraat , Verwulft, Barrevoetestraat en Keizerstraat.



Californiëplein, Shopping Centre Schalkwijk

New this year is the street party in the new neighborhood Vijverpark


NOTE:  No free market is allowed on Frankrijklaan ( not even on the lawn) and Italiëlaan


Haarlem West

Bosch and Vaart, Oranjeplein


Everywhere in the city DJs and artists will perform. So time to get your feet off the floor!


King’s Day activities in the surrounding municipalities



Kid’s Free Market on the Bloemendaalseweg in Overveen starting at 10 a.m.

No market is allowed near the railway till the bar in front of ETOS.

From 4 p.m.- 7.30 p.m., there will be performances from DJ Patrick Jorna and the band Quilty Jackets.



On the Donkerelaan there will be a funfair for children, from 10.30 a.m to 6 p.m.

As of 12.30 p.m., several artists will perform on stage.



There will be a free market on Sportparklaan and Jan van Goyenstraat, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get your feet off the floor with DJ Highland and the band What The Funk in the Jan van Goyenstraat.



In the center of Hoofddorp, there will be a free market from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dutch artists will perform at restaurant Nozem and restaurant De Polderboom.









On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.