Celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s “Constitution Day,” in Decorah on May 17 with a traditional Children’s Parade, a performance by Decorah’s Nordic Dancers, and other activities. Museum admission is free all day.
Syttende Mai is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll and Norwegians celebrate with excited crowds—especially children—marching through the streets, waving flags and singing songs.
The Children's Parade through Decorah starts on Main Street in Decorah at the Winneshiek County Courthouse, then travels north along Washington Street to Water Street, then west on Water Street to Mill Street. Everyone is invited to march along, or cheer from the sidewalks. Norwegian flags are provided for everyone marching.
Check vesterheim.org for annual updates to the festivities.