Today 21st July 2014, Google Announced the 21st July National Day in Belgium on their Google Belgium search engine with a Google Doodle. The 21st July National Day Google Doodle is a very busy Doodle with a variety of symbols and bright colors representing 21st July National Day best.
The Belgium National Day is one of 12 public holidays in Belgium and is always celebrated on the 21st of July since 1890
The festival’s establishment dates to a law of 27 May 1890 and commemorates an event on 21 July 1831 in which Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, thus becoming the first “King of the Belgians”.
The king’s vow marked the start of the independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy and parliament.
How is the 21st July National Day celebrated in Belgium?
The day typically starts with a Catholic Te Deum service in Cathedral of Brussels attended by the King and other dignitaries.
In the afternoon, the Belgian Army and police are reviewed by the King, and parade past the Royal Palace and around the Parc de Bruxelles.
There is a flypast by the airforce. The military, civil defense and emergency services and other government departments typically have stalls in the nearby Place Poelart, Rue de la Régence, Place Royale and surroundings which explain their roles to the public.
Many notable buildings in Brussels that are usually closed are also open to the public on National Day
There are also a variety of entertainments organized for the public, particularly in the city center. In the evening, there is a large fireworks display in the Parc de Bruxelles.
Smaller events occur in towns and cities across Belgium and in Belgian émigré communities abroad.
If you are celebrating Belgium National Day today, we wish you a happy and peaceful day filled with patriotism and exiting events!