Belgian National Day: What to Do on July 21?

Belgian National Day: What to Do on July 21st?

Are you thinking of doing something special with your friends or family on July 21st? Then, here’s your chance to make it an exceptional one! We’ve made you a list that will surely make you appreciate Belgium and the Belgian National Day to another level.

What is the Belgian National Day?

Just quick info, Belgian National Day or locally known as Nationale feestdag van België(Dutch), Fête nationale belge(French), and Belgischer Nationalfeiertag(German) is celebrated yearly every 21st of July.

The national holiday of Belgium was formerly celebrated on the 27th of September. But since, 1890 the date was changed to 21st July to honor King Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg as the country’s first monarchy.

What to do during Belgian National Day?

There are so many fun activities to do during Belgian National Day. Whether you decide to go out with your date, friends, or family, there is always something special for everyone. Activities array from nationalistic to contemporary in order to match the growing number of tourists attending the events.

Belgian National Day: What to Do on July 21?
Belgian National Day: What to Do on July 21? by Belgian Filipino Lovers

As Belgian National Day is the most celebrated holiday in Belgium, the festivity happens in the country’s capital city, Brussels. With this bear in mind, that 21st July is the most crowded day of the year in the center. So get ready to pack up some easy finger foods and water with you. And, don’t forget to wear your sneakers for a possible long walk.

  1. National Ball – To be exact, this event is kind of a party prep the day before the National Day, as it takes place on the eve of the 20th of July. No need to wear a formal suit or ball gown, all you need is just a dance-vibe to party all night long. Performers like Belle Perez, Frédéric Longbois, Big Ben, and more will be there to entertain you all. Access is FREE. Where: Place du Jeu de Balle, 1000 Brussels (Les Marolles)  For more info: [email protected]
  2. Brussels Park – Are you curious about Belgium’s parliament and its institutions? Then, head over to the House of Representatives and Senate and other organizations. Visit the place at your own speed with the help of a brochure. At the same time, you can participate in the quiz and receive a small souvenir at the end of the tour. Where: Warandepark, 1000 Brussels Time: 11:00 – 19:00 / 21 July
  3. Mountain Court – As part of the tradition, the National Orchestra of Belgium performs the night before the National Day in BOZAR. So if you are into classical music, treat yourself with a live performance from the best orchestra in Belgium. Where: Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
    Time: 10:00 – 17:00 / 20 July
  4. Royal Square – The square will be filled with so many things to do. Why not visit the church of Saint-Jacques church on Coudenberg or discover the Magritte Museum. This year the Village BEL – Europa will introduce Belgium to the visitors in the most fun and interactive way. Where: Koningsplein, 1000 Brussel Time: 10:00 – 19:00 / 21 July
  5. Sablon – Ever wonder how to keep yourself and family secure? Learn from the Village Security Interior, where they teach you how to prevent, theft, fire, and more. They also offer fun games for children and adults, as well as photo booths, bowling, football, and fitness trail. You can also visit the church of Notre-Dame du Sablon. Where: Zave, 1000 Brussels Time: 10:00 – 19:30 / 21 July
  6. Regency Street – If ever you pass by the Regency Street, don’t forget to drop by at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, where they exhibit the collections of MRBAs. Other institutions such as Court of Auditors, Defense, BX1, BPS(Brussels Prevention and Security), and more are also open for the public to give you a hands-on experience on security, first aid, etc. Where: Regency Street, Brussels Time: 10:00 – 17:00 / 21 July
  7. Poelaert Square – Do you find yourself interested in serving our country? Head over to the Federal Police to know more about their recruitment. Also, visit the Palace of Justice and Vivaqua(They offer booths about information and distribution on drinking water.). Where: Poelaertplein1000 Brussel Time: 10:00 – 20:00 / 21 July
  8. Folk Parades – If you’re the type who loves watching people parading their costumes, then go straight to Brussels Park. The parade will be participated by different bands including the Brussels Police Band, Koninklijke Steltenlopers Merchtem, Order of the Chapel, Chicon Ritmo, Ros Beiaard Harmony, and many more bands. Where: From the Brussels Park, going around Poelaert Square, then back to the Park Time: 10:00 – 20:00 / 21 July
  9. Fireworks – Of course, everyone wants to save the best for last. For an unforgettable July 21 experience, don’t miss the musical fireworks show. The evening party and display is open to the public at Place des Palais. This great finale is made possible by the Prime Minister. Where: Place Royale, Koningsplein 1000 Brussel Time: 23:00 / July 21
Things to Do on July 21 - Belgian National Day
Things to Do on July 21 – Belgian National Day by

Our Favorite to Visit in Brussels(Bonus)

Royal Palace – The Royal Palace of Brussels houses the offices of the King of Belgium and other members of the Royal family. Aside from being the administrative residence of the Royal family, it also serves as the reception to some of the most prestigious Royal gatherings like concerts, dinner, and meetings. When you visit the palace, don’t miss out the Main Stairway and Vestibule, Large Anti-chamber, Empire Room, Small and Large White Room, Venice Staircase, Goya Room, Coburg Room, Louis XVI Room, Pilaster Room, Marshals’ Room, Throne Room, Marble Room, Large Gallery, Mirror Room, and Thinker Room. Access is FREE. Where: Brederodestraat 16, 1000 Brussel
When: 10:30 – 15:45 / From 23 July to 25 August 2019 / Open daily except for Monday

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Now that you have an idea what to do during Belgian National Day, there’s no more reason not to have a fabulous celebration or even a day out with your loved ones. After all, it doesn’t need to take a lot of money and a long journey to have a memorable summer escape. All it requires is to know what’s buzzing around.

Do you want to explore Belgium? Read our next blog, Discovering Belgium: The Heart of Europe and Visit the Brussels Flower Carpet.

Among all the lists of things to do on the 21st of July, what is your favorite?

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