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There will be a diverse program of events on the National Day, June 17. A parade will start from Hallgrímskirkja, featuring concerts, street theater, dance parties, a circus, playgrounds, food trucks, and vintage car exhibitions at Hljómskálagarður and Klambratún to name just a few highlights.
The official ceremony, hosted by Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office, starts at Austurvöllur at 11:10am. The ceremony will be broadcast live on RÚV. President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, will lay a flower wreath on behalf of the Icelandic people at the monument of Jón Sigurðsson, and the Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, will give a festive speech. The Lady of the Mountains will address the crowd, but her identity will remain a secret until the ceremony.
After the ceremony, a parade will leave Austurvöllur for the cemetery at Suðurgata, where Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir, the City Council President, will lay a flower wreath on behalf of the people of Reykjavík at the grave of President Jón Sigurðsson and Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir. The Reykjavík Brass Band will perform during the event.
At 1pm, Scouts will lead a magnificent parade from Hallgrímskirkja to the festival area in Hljómskálagarður. The parade will be varied with a giant eagle joining the crowd, circus artists showcasing their talents, and the Svanur Brass Band playing music. Everyone is welcome to join the parade.
Singing, dancing, a circus, bouncy castles, and flamingos will be featured at Hljómskálagarður. The bands Bogomil Font and the millionaires, Flott, Langi Seli and the Shadows, and Inspector Spacetime will perform on the main stage under the excellent direction of Gústi B. Klambratún will offer a parachute jumper exhibition, Circus Pineapple, food trucks, and DJ Fusion Groove. There will also be an accordion ball at Reykjavík City Hall from 3pm to 4:30pm for those who want a real ballroom experience.
The National Day celebration will be held in Árbæjarsafn, with a diverse and fun program that starts at 1pm. As usual, the national costume and folk dances are in the forefront on this festive day, and guests are encouraged to wear their own national costumes. By Dillonshús, freshly brewed coffee and homemade delicacies will be served.
A June 17 celebration will be held at Gufunesbær in Grafarvogur from 12 noon to 2pm. A fun program for the whole family. Outdoor play equipment and Vogabúar scouts teach whittling at a bonfire.
Opening of the Gufunesbær bike park, hot dogs and cotton candy, and a DJ from the community centers will be on site. Everyone is welcome.
On the occasion of Iceland's National Day and the soccer match between Iceland and Slovakia on June 17, KSÍ (Football Association of Iceland) will host a festival in Laugardalur from 3pm to 6:15pm. Everyone is welcome, even if they don't plan to attend the match. In the area by Laugardalsvöllur, there will be bouncy castles, KSÍ soccer ball handling challenges, face painting, food trucks, a sales tent with June 17 merchandise and cotton candy. National team products will also be available for purchase, and of course, there will be music, surprise appearances, and a real festive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to Laugardalur.
The whole family should be able to find something fun on the program.
You can find the program at 17juni.is/en