The tradition of June 23
Formerly the National Holiday was the day when everyone celebrated the King's birthday. Today this is not the main reason anymore why almost the whole population of Luxembourg goes out to celebrate in the streets.
It is only since the reign of Grand Duchess Charlotte (1919-1964) that the National Holiday is celebrated in Luxembourg. The birthday of the Grand Duchess fell on January 23, but in 1962 this date was moved to June 23 so that the whole population of Luxembourg could gather and party in a summer climate.
Later, when Grand Duke Jean took over the reign of the country, this date has remained etched in the national culture and has been celebrated every year again with great enthusiasm.
Although the National Holiday is celebrated on June 23, it is in fact the evening before on June 22 that the festivities actually begin. Residents of Luxembourg normally gather around 4 pm in the city to party until sometimes in the early morning.
The festivities of the night before
After the very mythical torchlight procession and the famous fireworks, the festivities start with great fanfare and will last throughout the night. All public areas of the city are taken over by live music acts and DJ's. This is an exceptional event which takes place outdoors throughout the city and encounters a great success particularly among the young party-goers. Joy and good mood prevail during the evening of June 22 the city vibrates to the rhythm of music. Cafes and bars in the city organize their parties outdoors ... During this evening, the whole city changes its look.
And the same day?
During the morning of June 23, while some are still sleeping deeply, the festivities continue! The official ceremony is always taking place at the Philharmonie and is usually followed by 21 salvos fired from the Fetschenhaff. On the other side of town, the traditional military parade takes place on the avenue of Liberty and the marching military troops are headed every year by the Grand Duke.
Whether you are part of those who prefer to see the fireworks, follow the torchlight procession or party until dawn ... we wish you already a great National Holiday!