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Celebrating King’s Day in Aruba with Official Ceremonies and Festive Activities.

Celebrating King’s Day in Aruba with Official Ceremonies and Festive Activities.

Celebrating King’s Day in Aruba: A Vibrant Tradition

King’s Day, or “Dia di Rey” in Aruba, is a joyous celebration that marks the birthday of the reigning monarch of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It’s a time for Arubans and visitors alike to come together, celebrating unity, heritage, and festivity.

King’s Day holds special significance, symbolizing the enduring connection between Aruba and the Netherlands, rooted in centuries of shared history and mutual respect. The color orange, prominently seen during the festivities, pays tribute to the Dutch royal family, known as the House of Orange-Nassau, and signifies national pride and togetherness.

As the sun sets on the picturesque island of Aruba, the streets burst to life with a sea of orange, reflecting the excitement and energy of the celebrations. From lively street fairs to vibrant concerts, every corner of the island buzzes with activity as communities join together to honor this cherished tradition.

King’s Night Street Fair: April 26, 6 PM – 12 AM

The celebration begins on April 26 with the thrilling King’s Night Street Fair in San Nicolas. From 6 PM to midnight, Main Street transforms into a bustling hub of activity, offering delicious Dutch treats, cultural delights, and refreshing drinks. Explore captivating artworks and exclusive deals at the Kiwanis Pop-up store while enjoying performances by Groove Masters, Tsunami, DJ Vicious, and DJ Sky. Let loose and dance the night away under the stars, soaking in the essence of King’s Day.

Official Program for King’s Day Ceremony: April 27

The celebrations commence with the official program at Wilhelminapark:

  • 8:15 – 8:45 AM: Uniformed youth groups and members of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps gather in Wilhelminapark.
  • 8:15 – 8:30 AM: Ministers, Members of Parliament, Secretary of the Council of Ministers, and Clerk of Parliament gather at Cas Ceremonial di Gobernador.
  • 8:45 AM: All guests assemble in Wilhelminapark.
  • 8:55 AM: Arrival of the Governor of Aruba, His Excellency Alfonso Boekhoudt, and his spouse in Wilhelminapark.
  • 9:00 AM: Start of the Protocol Ceremony, including inspection of the honor guard by members of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, presentation of flags of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Aruba by the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, and rendition of the national anthems of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Aruba.
  • 9:10 – 9:15 AM: Speech by the President of the Parliament, Mr. Edgard Vrolijk.
  • 9:15 – 9:20 AM: Presentation of ‘Kids & Youth in Action’ led by instructor Deborah Boekhoudt and choreographer Raisa Montilla. Dances include “Hand in Hand” and “Daba Die Daba Daa.”
  • 9:20 AM: Awarding of the Governor Felipe B. Tromp Youth Cup.
  • 9:35 AM: Conclusion of the protocol ceremony.
  • 9:30 AM: Start of the parade of scouting groups.
  • 9:45 AM: Conclusion of the protocol ceremony.

King’s Day Activities on April 27:

Super Food Plaza Extravaganza: April 27, 9 AM – 2 PM

On April 27, continue the festivities at Super Food Plaza Aruba with a spectacular flea market extravaganza. From 9 AM to 2 PM, browse through a variety of bargains, savor tasty food, and enjoy the lively atmosphere with family and friends. Don’t forget to treat yourself to Aruba’s famous oliebollen, adding a sweet touch to your King’s Day experience.

Royal Feast at The Renaissance Marketplace: April 27, 12 PM – 10 PM

Indulge in a royal feast at The Marketplace Aruba on April 27, from 12 PM to 10 PM. Enjoy live music, exciting activities, and delicious treats fit for royalty. Dive into popcorn and cotton candy, explore the kid-friendly market, and sample a range of dining options amidst the festive surroundings. Enjoy live performances by Tsunami & N’Fuzion, along with lively DJ sets. Bring your friends and family, wear your crowns, and dance the day away at this royal celebration of King’s Day.

Ban Caya: April 27, 4 PM – 8 PM

Ban Caya welcomes you to join the celebration on April 27 in San Nicolaas! From 4 PM to 8 PM, enjoy entertainment including singing, dancing, fashion shows, and theater performances. Participate in activities like Hotwheels track competition, Little League Baseball, street basketball, and more. Kids can have fun at the YMCA’s indoor market and enjoy activities like skateboarding, Capoeira, rollerskating, boxing, and volleyball. Don’t miss the excitement with performances by Groove Masters and Ataniro & Band!



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