The Liberation Days
‘Always free. Never taken for granted’. The war years in Antwerp are commemorated with this message. September marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Antwerp during World War II. On the occasion of the commemoration of the Liberation, the city is organising various events. One of the highlights is the Liberation Days.
Programme 7 September
- Liberation Parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles, accompanied by marching bands and actors. A unique 7-km parade.
- You will be immersed in life during World War II in the Liberation Village along the River Scheldt. In addition to the vehicles in the parade, you can also visit the re-enactment camp, the experience containers, enjoy music and young people can see whether they have what it takes to join the army.
- Fifteen historic planes will join in a fly-over over the Scheldt, where boats will join in a historic flotilla. In the evening, a grand spectacle will take place here.
- The Town Hall will serve as the backdrop for a 20-minute audio-visual show.
- Come to the Liberation Ball in Groenplaats and dance the night away to music from the Forties or head to the dance party with DJs in the Liberation Village.
Programme 8 September
- The Liberation Village will be open until 5.30 pm.
- A commemorative ceremony will be organised in Stadspark, in collaboration with Kazerne Dossin.
- You can visit the frigates along the Scheldt quays.
- See the historic planes at Antwerp Airport and in Museum Stampe & Vertongen.
- In the afternoon the Liberation Parade will leave northwards. Come see them off with us.