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Belgian National Day 2014

As usual, the festivities for the National Day will start the evening before, on Sunday, 20 July. This year, the King and Queen will attend the Bal National on the Place du Jeu de Balle. On 21 July the traditional parade and the Fête au Parc take place.

Timetable of the day’s activities on 21 July

  • 10 a.m.: Te Deum at St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral in Brussels
  • 10.30 a.m.: Official opening of the National Day activities in Brussels Park
  • 3.30 p.m.: The King inspects the troops
  • 4 p.m.: Start of the parade
  • 10 p.m.: Closure of the stands
  • 11 p.m.: Fireworks at Place des Palais

The National Day parade has two main themes:

  • the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War
  • the 50th anniversary of the Act of 8 July 1964 concerning emergency medical assistance

Other items of note:

  • the federal and local police form a single contingent in this year's parade, to reflect their day-to-day cooperation
  • for the second consecutive year, Civil Protection and the fire services will parade side by side in a combined Civil Security contingent, so as to highlight the complementary nature of these two emergency services, who work closely together in their everyday activities
  • a combined contingent of young fire-fighters. From the age of 15, aspiring young fire-fighters can join one of the many young fire-fighters' associations. Soon an official training programme for young fire-fighters will be organised enabling them to become operational fire-fighters without having to take the full diploma. On National Day this year, 80 young fire-fighters of both sexes from throughout Belgium will parade through the streets of Brussels