On Liberation Day, also known as Freedom Day, the Dutch celebrate the surrender of Nazi Germany. For the Netherlands, this marked the end of World War II, even though the war had not yet ended in the rest of Europe or Asia.

Liberation Day is celebrated on a grand scale every May 5 with Liberation Day festivals in Amsterdam and the 12 provincial capitals.

Please note that this year, in view of the measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, all public Liberation Day activities will be cancelled, at least in the form that we know.

Online events:

May 2-5: Screening of “Winter in Wartime,” a movie based on the Dutch bestselling novel about young Michiel, who grows up in Nazi-occupied the Netherlands. Learn more on DutchCultureUSA.com.

Learn more about Liberation Day in the Netherlands.