Liberation Day in Leeuwarden

In Leeuwarden

On 4 May, we will commemorate the victims of World War II and on 5 May, we will celebrate our freedom. Therefore, the provincial commemoration and wreath laying ceremony will take place in Leeuwarden, in the Prinsentuin, on 4 May. During the Liberation Festival in Leeuwarden on 5 May, you can enjoy music, dance and theatre on the seven different stages, with the main stage on the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. It is important to reflect on what we have, because freedom is not something that can be taken for granted, even in 2023. 

Provincial commemoration 4 May

On 4 May, Leeuwarden will host the provincial commemoration in the Prinsentuin, with a speech by Mayor Buma and music by Brass Band Hosannah, among others. At 8:00 pm, there will be two minutes of silence followed by wreath laying at the monument.

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Bevrijdingsdag Leeuwarden

Liberation Festival Fryslân 2023 - party in Freedom!

Celebrate freedom in Leeuwarden - party!

Besides the seven stages that provide you with brilliant concerts and delightful parties, there is, of course, much more to do in the city centre of Leeuwarden. Explore the city centre, and enjoy lectures, art, fairs and much more during the Liberation Festival.

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Accessibility - Handy!

Leeuwarden is also easy to reach during Liberation Day, although we recommend you to come to the city by public transport or by bike. For the most up-to-date info and departure times, check Arriva and NS. Coming by car? Then check here for available parking spaces. Also handy:

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