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Norway’s national day, Syttende Mai, celebrates the signing of their constitution over 200 years ago. Throughout Norway, the day is marked by huge festivals and parades. The whole community joins in! Seabrook, Washington has its own special Syttende Mai Parade, incorporating all of the staple traditions of the Norwegian holiday. This year, join us on May 13 for this amazing family-friendly event! When you’re in Seabrook for the Syttende Mai Parade, you’ll find plenty of fun family activities to engage in before and after the event. Save some time and find the best activities all in one place when you view our Things to Do Page. It lists great bonding ideas that you can use to create amazing memories during your trip to Seabrook. Regardless of when you book your stay in a Seabrook Cottage, put some of these quintessential Washington Coast activities on your schedule. They’re sure to make your Seabrook vacation unforgettable.  

Syttende Mai

Syttende Mai, or the 17th of May, is cause for celebration among the people of Norway. On this day in 1814, leaders of the country signed its constitution, and Norway officially claimed its independence. Also known as Nasjonaldagen (“The National Day”) or Grunnlovsdagen (“The Constitution Day”), the holiday has been celebrated annually ever since. Over time, what started as groups of small, spontaneous festivities amongst students evolved into extensive community-wide parades and gatherings. The day has its own set of rituals and practices that are beloved by Norwegians all over the world.   

Join Us In Seabrook for the Syttende Mai Parade

Whether you trace your origins to Norway or just enjoy fun parades with great people, come join the festivities during the Syttende Mai celebration in Seabrook, Washington. Kick off the day by making a traditional “17th of May Breakfast” in your Seabrook cottage with family and friends. Fresh bread, scrambled eggs, and smoked salmon will be the tasty fuel you’ll need to get ready for the Syttende Mai Parade. Starting at 10:30 am at the Dorothy Anderson Cabin (located at the north end of Crescent Park), the parade winds through the streets of the town. Bikes, flags, traditional Norwegian outfits, and any other props are highly encouraged! It all ends with ice cream, another Syttende Mai tradition, at The Salty Dog on Meriweather St. Speaking of canines, the Syttende Mai Parade is a pet-friendly event, so don’t forget to bring your dog to join the fun!  

Complete the Celebration at your Seabrook Cottage

After you enjoy the Syttende Mai Parade, reconvene at your cottage and make lunch of a holiday staple - hot dogs! Use the grill at your vacation rental to prepare your 17th of May feast. Make enough to share with new friends you’ll meet at the parade! Enjoy the rest of your day flying kites, bike riding, or simply enjoying the ocean with family and friends. When you retire for the night, enjoy the comforts of luxury seaside dwelling. Our homes are stocked with amenities you need to make your vacation more relaxing than ever. Conveniently located in the town of Seabrook, you can enjoy both the serenity of the shore and the certainty that you won’t miss a thing. Find the best cottage for your family vacation, and start the countdown to your amazing trip!