The national holiday of Belgium
Belgium's national day is celebrated on July 21. It is the date on which, in 1831, the first King of the Belgians, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, took the constitutional oath as king of the new country. The swearing-in was the final piece of Leopold I's entry into Belgium.
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This day is a legal holiday which amounts to a general holiday. On this day, shops, banks, post offices, and other public services are closed. On the national holiday, several ceremonies are held to commemorate the taking of the oath. The current king and other members of the Belgian royal family attend the concert in the morning in the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula in Brussels. This service is also attended by the country's political institutions, ambassadors, and representatives of various European institutions. In the afternoon there is the national parade in front of the Royal Palace, both civil and military. In the evening, the festivities are traditionally concluded with fireworks.
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