The Netherlands public holidays include two Dutch national days specific to the country. Most holidays occur in late Spring. Read on for more about those plus other notable special observance days in Holland…
Here are the 11 official public holidays in the Netherlands…
NEW YEAR’S DAY (Nieuwjaarsdag) 01 January 2021
- New Year’s Day is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Banks, government offices and retail stores are closed. Public transport runs on a holiday schedule.
GOOD FRIDAY (Goed Vrijdag) – 02 April 2021
- Good Friday is an official public holiday in the Netherlands but most businesses, government offices and retail stores are open. Schools are generally closed. Public transport runs on a regular schedule.
EASTER SUNDAY & MONDAY (Paasdag 1e/2e) – 04-05 April 2021
- Easter Sunday and Monday are both public holidays in the Netherlands. Banks, public offices and private companies are closed on Easter Monday. Public transport runs on a holiday schedule both days.
KING’S DAY (Koningsdag) – 27 April 2021
- King’s Day is the first Dutch national holiday of the year in the Netherlands. It is a celebration of the king’s birthday. If the 27th April falls on a Sunday, King’s Day is observed on the 26th April. Public transport runs on holiday schedule.
LIBERATION DAY (Bevrijdingsdag) – 05 May 2021
- Liberation Day is the second Dutch national holiday in the Netherlands. It commemorates the day in 1945 when the country was liberated from the German occupation at the end of World War II. Schools, government offices and private companies are all closed. Public transport runs on a holiday schedule.
ASCENSION DAY (Hemelsvaart) – 13 May 2021
- Ascension Day is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Schools, government offices and private companies are closed. Public transport runs on a holiday schedule.
PENTECOST SUNDAY & MONDAY (Pinksterdag 1e/2e) – 23-24 May 2021
- Pentecost Sunday and Monday (also known as Whit Sunday/Whit Monday) are public holidays in the Netherlands. Schools, government offices and private companies are closed on the Monday. Public transport runs on an abbreviated holiday schedule both days.
CHRISTMAS & DAY AFTER (Kerstdag 1e/2e) – 25-26 December 2021
- Christmas and the day after (also known as Boxing Day) are public holidays in the Netherlands. Government offices, banks and private companies are closed both days. Public transportation runs on a holiday schedule both days.
And other notable days celebrated at the city, regional or national level…
REMEMBRANCE DAY (Dodenherdenking) – 04 May 2021
- Remembrance Day commemorates Dutch nationals which have died in combat or on peace missions since World War II. It is not an official public holiday but some government offices may be closed.
- At 20:00 two minutes of silence is observed throughout the country, and is usually signaled by tolling of church bells starting at 19:45. Public transport runs on a regular schedule.
VETERAN’S DAY (Veteranendag) – 26 June 2021
- Veteran’s Day in the Netherlands commemorates past and current members of the Dutch armed services. It takes place on the last Saturday of June. The Hague hosts the largest Veteran’s Day celebration in the country which includes a parade, military awards, concerts and a flyover of Dutch military planes. Public transport runs on a regular schedule.
BUDGET DAY (Prinsesdag) – 21 September 2021
- Budget Day takes place on the third Tuesday in September. On this day, a grand procession escorts the Dutch King and Queen from Noordeinde Palace to the Knight’s Hall at the Binnenhof, where the King reads the ‘Speech from the Throne.’ Many schools in The Hague are closed on this day.
LIBERATION OF LEIDEN (Leidse Ontzet) – 03 October 2021
- The Relief (or Liberation) of Leiden commemorates 3rd October 1572 when the city of Leiden was liberated from a year-long siege by the Spanish army during the Eighty Years War. Thousands died from starvation after the city ran out of food. Most schools and many businesses in Leiden are closed on this day.
SINTERKLAAS – 05 December 2021
- This is the Dutch version of St Nikolaas and is widely celebrated by families with young children on the eve of St Nicholas’ feast day. It is not a public holiday. Public transport runs on a regular schedule.
NEW YEAR’S EVE (Oudejaarsdag) – 31 December 2021
- New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday in the Netherlands but some government offices and private businesses may have shortened hours.
- All forms of public transportation (trains, buses, trams) in the Netherlands stop running at 20:00. Night train service resumes at 01:00, all others begin the following morning.
Read more about Dutch Public Holidays