Flag Day is also known as Vlaggetjesdag Scheveningen, a fun (and free!) festival that takes place in the Dutch harbor of Scheveningen. Flag Day happens every year in June and was originally the day when fishing boats in the harbor were decorated before setting sail to catch herring. Even though the Dutch use more modern forms of fishing practices now, Flag Day is still a popular festival that residents love and that draws in tourists who are visiting the area.
Lots of fun activities happen constantly Flag Day, especially ones that kids will enjoy. Children love watching the puppet show put on by the residents and playing traditional Dutch children's games like marbles rolling, jumping rope, rolling barrels, walking in traditional clogs - all with prizes or yummy Dutch sweets. Residents wear traditional Dutch customers and ook put on demonstrations of the different trades or Scheveningen in action.
The entire family will enjoy the Tattoo, the musical aspect of Flag Day. More than 200 musicians from all over the country descend upon Scheveningen to put on energetic shows and performances. Some of the more popular musicians include the executive corps, the DVS Katwijk, The Hague Highland Pipe Band, Excelsior Delft and of course the Scheveningen corps METRO and Duindorp.
Of course, Flag Day would not be complete without a tasting session or enjoying herring the mustaches on display at the mustache competition.
Entry to completely Flag Day is free, as are the fun contests and activities That festival goers are welcome to take part in. The easiest way to get to Scheveningen via public transportation, All which is what the organizers of Scheveningen recommend. It is ook easy to get there by bicycle, moped or car, Although rates apply to park your vehicle of choice. Please visit Scheveningen online to find more information about practical for the festival, along with the dates for June 2016.
If you're interested in attending other festivals while on your vacation to Holland, be sure to visit the Festival section of our website!
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