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Luxembourg National Day: a rather special 23 June 2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Day will unfortunately not be celebrated in 2020 in its usual form. The traditional fireworks display is cancelled, the changing of the guard, the Te Deum will not take place this year. Only the 21 cannon shots fired on 23 June in honour of the Grand Duke will be maintained.

Luxembourg’s municipalities will also be celebrating on 23 June in reduced mode. Please contact your local authority.

The City of Luxembourg is launching a “Solidarity” campaign on social networks that will bring all citizens together around the common values of the country #Nationalfeierdag2020.  Goodies will be distributed from this Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 to take part in the party: boxes of chalk, cocktail picks, and temporary tattoos.  

June 23, National Day

The 23rd of June is the Luxembourg National Holiday. At the origin, January 23rd was the date of birthday of H.R.H the Grand-Duchess Charlotte, an emblematic figure of the history of Luxembourg. The National Day was moved on June 23 to enjoy more of the festivities in a more clement summer weather. June 23 is bank holiday in Luxembourg.

Numerous festivities and celebrations are held throughout the country in which the Grand Ducal family and all residents of Luxembourg, regardless of their nationality, take part in the National Day festivities.

Changing of the guard, torchlight procession, fireworks and street entertainment on June 22

Celebrations begin the day before, on June 22, with a changing of the Guard in front of the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg-City around 4:00 pm, as well as concerts and DJ sessions in the streets of the capital. A torchlight procession “Fakelzuch” takes place in the evening at 21h20 in the streets of the City of Luxembourg from Puits Rouge to the Gare Avenue. A tribune is installed at the corner of boulevard Roosevelt and Rue de la Congrégation. A magnificent “Freedefeier” fireworks display lasting almost 20 minutes is then fired from the Adolphe Bridge at 23:00. The event attracts about 100,000 people from all over the Greater Region to attend. To be on the front row, head for the Gare district (Place de Metz), Hollerich, Place de la Constitution or on the Viaduct (Al Breck).

Streets are filled with live concerts, street bands, small markets and other activities. Enjoy the National Day in a friendly and festive atmosphere!

Festivities of June 23

On June 23rd, the Philharmonie in Kirchberg attends official ceremonies from 10am onwards, during which the Prime Minister makes a speech and honours are awarded by H.R.H. the Grand Duke to some citizens who have contributed to the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The population can participate by registering at www.gouvernement.lu.

The festivities then continue with a traditional 21-gun shot in honour of the Grand Duke whose birthday is being celebrated. A review of the troops is done by H.R.H. the Grand Duke during a military parade that ends on Constitution Square, under the eyes of the Gelle Fra. An official tribune for the grand-ducal family is located on Boulevard F. D. Roosevelt at the corner of rue de la Congrégation.

All the municipalities of the country also actively participate in this celebration with a “Te Deum” sung in all the churches of the country, followed by a speech by the local Mayor in front of his constituents,  and festivities of different forms in which citizens can participate.

Concerts are given at Place d’Armes from 2pm, while the youngest children enjoy a party organised by the Service des Foyers Scolaires on the Kinnekswiss from 10am to 6pm. A restoration is possible on site.

Residents are all warmly invited to local festivities. Get information from your commune to know the local program. 

Happy National Feierdag !