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famillesFolklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

Belgian National Day

Belgian National Day
© VisitBrussels - Eric Danhier
  • Opening periods
    • Thursday 21 July 2016
    • Address:

      Parc de Bruxelles
      1000 BRUXELLESBelgium

    • MAPS: Google Maps

    Don't miss the troops parading in front of the Nation. It's also a chance for Belgians to reassert their national identity on 21 July!

    In Brussels there'll be a varied programme of festivities, from the Place du Jeu de Balle to Brussels Park, taking in the various districts of Brussels.

    On the evening before, there's the traditional National Ball which gets the celebrations started with concerts by Belgian artists, majorettes and zinneke hosts enlivening the Marolles area.

    On 21 July, from Brussels Park to the Place Poelaert, you can enjoy concerts, demonstrations, tastings and sporting events all set up in the form of trails and villages...

    And as for the other areas of Brussels, well they won't be outdone either!

    In fact, international music concerts and cultural activities  will also be taking place throughout...and to close the day's festivities is the much anticipated firework display at the place des Palais.

    On the menu for this year:

    Brussels Park:

    • The Chamber of Representatives and the Senate will be open to the public from 11am to 7pm,
    • Re-enactment of a military camp by the 101e Airborne with vehicles from the Second World War,
    • Concerts at the kiosk at noon, 5pm and 8:30pm,
    • Steam train rides for children from 10am to 8pm,
    • Carousel, sports and games for children.
    • The Royal museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History will be offering a 1914 military camp.

    Place Royale

    • Brussels Info Place (BIP): Experience Brussels exhibition (10am-3pm and 5pm-8pm) and wooden games (10am-11pm),
    • European Village (the European Commission provides information and entertainment centred around the theme of Europe),
    • Saint Jacques sur Coudenberg Church (10am-3pm),
    • Camouflage, mine sweeping, F-16 cockpit, flying simulator and a Marines stand,

    Place des Palais

    • Military and civil procession from 5-6pm,
    • Firework display at 11pm!

    Download a map of the 21 July festivities


    • tel. : +32 (0) 2 509 24 34
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    We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.