4 and 5 May: Commemorating war and celebrating freedom
During Nationale Herdenkingsdag on 4 May, we commemorate the victims of World War II and war situations and peace missions thereafter. On 5 May, during Bevrijdingsdag, we celebrate that the Netherlands was liberated in 1945 and that we have lived in freedom ever since.
On 4 May at 20.00, there will be a national 2-minute silence to remember all those killed during World War II and all those who died in war situations and peacekeeping operations after World War II. Shops will close at 18.00 and many people hang their Dutch flag at half-mast. In Maastricht, there are three locations where public commemoration services will be held.
On Herdenkingsplein, burgemeester (mayor) Annemarie Penn-te Strake will give a speech. The commemoration starts at 19:30. There will be a silent march along the Groene Loper at 18.30, followed by the commemoration on Koningsplein. At Raadhuisplein in Heer, there will be a service at 19.40 with a march from Kerkplein to Raadhuisplein.
No major events are taking place in Maastricht on 5 May this year. Shops are open from 10:00, but civil services like the gemeente (municipality offices) are closed. The Bevrijdingsfestival will take place in Roermond this year. This is a free-to-attend music festival taking place in several cities across the country.