What's happening in Luxembourg City this National Day
(JB) Preparations are underway for Luxembourg's national holiday celebrations in the capital where there will be a torchlit parade, a 17-minute firework display and concerts.
Although national day falls on June 23, the real celebrations take place the day before with residents often marking the occasion with street parties.
Visitors to the capital can kickstart their national day with a glimpse of the Luxembourg royal family with a traditional changing of the guard in front of the palace at 4pm.
From 8pm, there will be live music in Place Guillaume II with the line-up including “Machete”, “Da Cruz” and “Che Sudaka”. There will also be stands and other activities around the city, among other places in Place Clairefontaine, Place de la Constitution, Place d'Armes, Place des Bains and Place Jean Heinisch.
Then, at 9:10pm, a torchlit procession will go through the city, starting in Avenue de la Gare and ending at the Gëlle Fra statue in Place de la Constitution.
At 9:15pm, there will be a chance to see Grand Duke Henri himself, as a royal convoy drives through the city from Boulevard Roosevelt to the Gëlle Fra statue.
There will be plenty of live music to keep spirits up as party-goers await the start of a 17-minute firework display, lit from Fort Thüngen (behind the Mudam) at 11pm.
For the best view of the display, visitors are encouraged to stand in boulevards Ulveling and Thorn, by the Corniche balcony, montée de Clausen and montée de Pfaffenthal, côte d’Eich, Cents, Fetschenhof and on the outskirts of the Grund, Clausen and Pfaffenthal districts.
What's happening on June 23?
June 23 is a public holiday in Luxembourg and is a chance to celebrate Grand Duke Henri's official birthday (though his actual birthday falls on April 16). In addition to the official events, including a ceremony at the Philharmonie, there will be plenty of activities for the public.
From 10am to 6pm in the Kinnekswiss park, there will be a games festival (Spillfest). It is free to participate in this family-friendly event, which will be complemented by the Petrusse Express, the small green train, which will run between the park and the pirate ship, where there will be musical activities, for the same time period.
There will also be live music in Place d'Armes throughout the afternoon from 3pm onwards.
Motorists and bus users are warned of disruptions in certain areas of the city on both days as well as on June 20, when a rehearsal of the torchlit parade will take place. The entire city centre will be closed to traffic from 7pm on June 22. Late bus services for AVL lines will operate after the fireworks display has finished, so between 11:45pm and 3:15am. Bus lines 1 to 31 and certain RGTR lines will also be free from 6pm on June 22.