27 Mar 2018
Syttende Mai is a Norwegian holiday celebrating the country’s constitution, which was signed on May 17th, 1814. Throughout Norway, the day is honored with huge festivals and parades that encourage the entire community to join in. Even the locals and visitors in Seabrook, Washington, participate in the festivities! Each year, the town commemorates this cultural holiday with the Syttende Mai Parade. On May 12, 2018, anyone is welcome to join in the march, which begins at the Dorothy Anderson Cabin.
As you’re planning your getaway to Seabrook, be sure to browse our Things to Do page. We’ve carefully curated the best local tips on activities in the area. Plus, get our insider recommendations on great restaurants and beaches! You should also peruse our Events page to learn more about additional annual events like the Syttende Mai Parade that may take place during your visit.
What to Expect at the Syttende Mai Parade
History of Syttende Mai
In Norwegian, Syttende Mai means the 17th of May, symbolizing the official day the country’s constitution was signed in 1814. An important moment in Norwegian history, this day was crucial because it secured the country’s independence as they feared they would be annexed to Sweden. What began as small gatherings and spontaneous festivities amongst students has now evolved into an extensive series of parades and events even extending across the pond to the U.S. With its own set of rituals and traditions, this beloved holiday is special to Norwegians around the globe.
Join the Cause
Whether your ancestors can be traced back to Norway or you just enjoy attending festivals, the Syttende Mai is an exciting event for all! Plus, proceeds are used to benefit the Dorothy Anderson Cabin Fund at the Museum of the North Beach. This cottage is one of the oldest of its kind in Seabrook and has been restored and preserved in collaboration between the town of Seabrook and the museum.
Syttende Mai Parade Details
For anyone who is interested in joining the parade, marchers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the historic Dorothy Anderson Cabin on Merriweather Street. Then, the procession will continue down the street ending at The Salty Dog where spectators and marchers can indulge in ice cream from The Sweet Life. Don’t forget to show your love for Norway by donning flags, hats, shirts, and any other Norwegian attire!
Continue the Celebration at your Seabrook Cottage Rental
After an exciting day marching through the streets during the Syttende Mai Parade, you can reconvene at one of our beautiful cottages. With properties throughout the town, you can remain close to the festivities as well as other attractions including the beaches and hiking trails. Whether you’re traveling as a small family or in a large group, we have the perfect rental for you!
One of our many oceanview rentals, the RoShamBo is a five-bedroom home with room to accommodate up to 18 guests. Kid- and pet-friendly, this property features a media room with board games, an Xbox One, and more, as well as a playroom on the third floor. In the evenings, guests can gather around the gas fireplace or in the outdoor hot tub. Don’t forget to plan a barbeque and take advantage of the on-site grill.
To learn more about our additional accommodations, browse our complete catalog of available properties! We can’t wait to make your next trip to Seabrook unforgettable.