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Celebrate National Day

July 01, 2019

Celebrate Belgian National Day July 21st. On this date, way back in 1830, Belgium gained political independence and regained cultural independence from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. So it's only appropriate that festivities are strictly Belgian. 

Wander down the Jeu de Balle after 4 pm and you'll find mouthwatering servings of the traditional dish, mussels and pomme frites, accompanied by brass band music, majorettes, and accordions. It's a full-on public holiday with all the bells and whistles. Expect military parades, air force aerial demonstrations, street festivities, expositions, and fireworks. The Royal family participates, too. Watch the king inspect the Belgian Army parading past the palace. And on the morning after, join the family at mass in the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula. They'll have been up late! The party reaches its crescendo just before midnight when a spectacular fireworks display lights the sky above the Royal Palace.