Queen's Day in San Francisco
Dutch Queen’s Day 2013
The Dutch Consulate, together with the local Dutch community will organize another great celebration of Dutch Queen's day in San Francisco! Last year, we celebrated Queen’s Day in the Golden Gate Park, next to the beautiful Dutch Windmill at the Queen Wilhelmina Garden.
This year the celebrations will be centered around the MURPHY WINDMILL on the South end of the Golden Gate Park. [View Map]
11.00 – 12:00 Soccer
11:00 – 15:15 Games
11:00 – 16:00 Flea market ('vrijmarkt')
12:00 – 13:00 Soccer
13.00 – 17.00 Teen club house (with games)
12.00 – 13.15 Performance live band ‘Once Again’
13.15 – 13.30 Opening remarks and national anthem
13.30 – 14.45 DJ set Marc van Brabant
14.45 – 16.00 DJ set Jesse Voorn (Amsterdance)
16.00 – 17.00 DJ set Sam O’Neall (Amsterdance)
09:30 – 12.30 Bicycle tour from South Park to Pacific
12.00 – 17.00 Beer garden
13:15 - 16:00 Silent disco
20:00 – late Annual NLBorrels Queen's Day Party at Monroe [tickets]
Friday April 26, 17:00 – 20:45 at De Young Museum [more info]
- Soccer (kids 5-9 years old at 11.00-12.00, teens at 12.00-13.00) please register at: email@example.com
- Kids flea market, please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bike ride please register at: dutch-ride.eventbrite.com
- Other children’s activities there is a registration table on the day of the event.
To make this a successful and fun event, we need your help! We are seeking volunteers to assist with the children’s games, logistics, beer garden, and other activities.
Please sign up to volunteer for one or more slots of one hour on April 27, 2013!
Please note: in order for this event to continue in the future we will ask all visitors for a donation at the gate. If you like this event and would like to support it please donate!
Dutch Queen's Day or King's Day
Beginning in 1949, the birthday of Queen Juliana was marked by a national celebration on April 30. To this day, Queen’s Day is celebrated by Dutch citizens all around the world and by those connected to or interested in the Dutch culture. Queen’s Day is a festive celebration for the whole family with a host of activities, including food, drinks, music, and games. In the Netherlands the biggest celebration takes place in Amsterdam, where orange-clad crowds take to the streets to mark this day of national pride with vrijmarkts (“flea markets”), open air concerts, and orange-themed food and beverages.
In January Queen Beatrix announced that she will abdicate the throne on April 30th after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century. This will make this year’s celebration a special one and the last one to be called “Queen’s Day” as next year it will be “King’s Day”. For the second time we will celebrate Queen’s Day in Golden Gate Park. This year the festivities will take place around Murphy’s Windmill (MLK drive & Great highway).
For questions or to get involved, contact us at email@example.com
Last Year's Celebrations in the Press
- SF Chronicle:
- CBS: Restored Dutch Windmill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Set to Spin
- Ocean Beach Bulletin: Murphy Windmill reopens in Golden Gate Park
- Examiner: Queen's Day in San Francisco, Spijkerpoepen spoken here on April 28, 2012
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