Liberation Day

Liberation plane in Amsterdam, 5 May 1945
Apr 20 '17 11:40

A call for eyewitnesses of a liberation plane landing in Amsterdam on May 5th, 1945 produced rare video footage of the actual plane. The 47 second long video was submitted by Els Kronenberg-Willems, whose father made the film, Het Parool reports.

Jun 29 '16 09:20

An NS train engineer that made an emergency stop in a tunnel in Nijverdal on Liberation Day, was "under the influence" when he did so, AD reports after speaking to NS.

May 6 '16 15:05

LGTB interest group COC is shocked and dismayed that "gay hater" Steen was allowed to play at Utrecht's Liberation Day festival on Thursday. The group is demanding an explanation and apology from the organization

May 6 '16 07:31

The 14 Liberation Day festivals in the Netherlands on Thursday drew a record number of over a million people, according to the police. The most visited festivals were in Groningen, Zwolle, Wageningen and Haarlem.

May 5 '16 16:10

Like everywhere else in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is celebrating a beautifully sunny Liberation Day on Thursday. As it is also Ascension Day, many Amsterdam residents have the day off to visit one of the many parties and events in the city.

Mark Rutte
May 5 '16 14:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte officially kicked off the Liberation Day celebrations by lighting the liberation fire in Groningen just after 1:00 p.m.

May 5 '16 08:06

The Netherlands is set to have the sunniest Liberation Day ever on Thursday. Meteorologists at Weerplaza expects just over 14 hours of sunshine, thereby breaking the record stemming from 2000 when the sun shone on the country for exactly 14 hours

May 4 '16 13:20

The National Committee for 4 and 5 May this year invited all asylum seekers to take part in Remembrance Day memorials and Liberation Day celebrations. For the first time the COA asked the Committee to involve asylum seekers in these two days, so that they can become used to Dutch traditions

Apr 22 '16 12:15

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on May 4th. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the opening of the National Liberation Day Celebration a day later in Groningen

May 6 '15 16:39

Insurance company Interpolis estimated receiving some 1,500 damage claims after the storms and high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Liberation Day storm alone caused about a thousand reports, according to Telegraaf.

May 6 '15 09:16

The storm that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday not only disrupted the Liberation Day parties, but also caused some damage across the country.

May 5 '15 15:00

Despite the rainy weather, Prime Minister Mark Rutte lit the liberation fire in Vlissingen at 13:00 this afternoon, thereby giving the official go-ahead for all fourteen liberation parties in the Netherlands.

May 5 '15 08:39

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has issued a code yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and strong winds for the entire Netherlands on Liberation Day.

May 5 '15 08:25

The construction of the ferry bridge over the IJ on Liberation Day today, may be impossible due to a passing cold front accompanied by rain, strong winds and possibly thunderstorms.

Apr 20 '15 17:22

Dutch movie museum EYE releases rare color footage from World War II, surrounding Liberation Day 70 years after the liberation of Deventer. The film "How we saw the Netherlands" is filmed by Alex Roosdorp and his wife Marie Roosdorp - van den Berg and depicts ravaged towns, destroyed infrastructure and food plains after the Second World War, EYE reveals on their website.

Apr 9 '15 13:53

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the National Remembrance in Amsterdam on Monday, May 4th. Prime Minister Rutte will also be present at the Liberation Day festival in Vlissingen on Tuesday, May 5th. There he will light the liberation fire as the start of the National Celebration of Liberation, which happens once every 5 years.

Oct 7 '14 10:38

The National Committee for 4 and 5 May advocates for a different approach to Liberation day. They want to focus more on World War II.

May 7 '14 07:56

The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has been forced to apologize to a lesbian columnist, Monique Samuel, after he made an insensitive comment about her sexual preference. Samuel, a publicist and political scientist, felt hurt by what the mayor said during a discussion on Liberation Day.

May 5 '14 15:23

Prime Minister Mark Rutte lit the Liberation Flame in Assen, marking the official start to the Liberation Day festivities in the Netherlands.