Independence Day in Belgium in 2021

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  Dates of Independence Day in Belgium
2022 Belgium Thu, Jul 21 Public Holiday
2021 Belgium Wed, Jul 21 Public Holiday
2020 Belgium Tue, Jul 21 Public Holiday
2019 Belgium Sun, Jul 21 Public Holiday
2018 Belgium Sat, Jul 21 Public Holiday
Independence Day celebrates the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands in 1831

When is Belgian Independence Day?

The national holiday of Belgium is celebrated annually on July 21st.

Independence Day celebrates the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands in 1831, as well as the formal establishment of the Kingdom.

History of Belgian Independence Day

Belgium had been part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1815, but the majority of the population were Roman Catholic and increasingly felt the rule of King William I favoured the Northern Protestants. The discontentment was heightened by high levels of unemployment in the South.

In August 1830, riots led to a wider uprising and calls for Belgium to succeed from the Netherlands. A London Conference of major European powers then recognized Belgian independence.

After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on October 4th 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates to become king.

After deliberation, they asked Leopold I of Saxe-Coburg to become king of the newly formed country. Leopold accepted and was proclaimed "King of the Belgians" on June 26th 1831.

Leopold I then sailed from Dover to Calais, in France, after which he was taken to the Belgian border village of De Panne on July 17th 1831.

He swore allegiance to the constitution in the Royal Palace in Brussels on July 21st 1831.

This day became the Belgian national holiday.

During the national day, the Parliament chambers, the central bank and other institutions all open to the public, while parks and venues across town hold concerts and other activities. A large military parade takes place in Brussels attracting over 100,000 spectators.

If Independence Day falls on a weekend, no official public holiday is observed in lieu, but many employees, particularly in the public sector, will be given an extra day of vacation instead to use at a later date. Many employees are encouraged to use these extra days between Christmas and New Year.

Celebrate Belgian Independence Day with your Hue lights!

The Flag of Belgium

The Belgian flag was first flown in 1830 at the start of the Belgian Revolution, though the stripes were horizontal. The colours of red, yellow and black come from the red lion of Hainaut, Limburg and Luxembourg, the yellow lion of Brabant, and the black lion of Flanders and Namur. The stripes changed from horizontal to vertical in January 1831 in homage to the French Tricolore.

Did you know?

Three facts about Independence Day

Europe's first casino was La Redoute, which opened in 1762 in Belgium.

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German.

Belgium has over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries.

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