Syttende Mai Celebration
Friday, May 17
- Street dance with Decorah's popular Scandinavian-American old-time dance band, Foot-Notes. Come to Mill St. next to the museum from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and join the fun. (Rain location will by the Elks Club at 402 W. Main St.) Decorah Lions will sell popcorn.
Saturday, May 18
- Free museum admission from to
- Children's Parade through Decorah at led by Decorah's Nordic Dancers. The route 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 will be provided for everyone marching. Decorah Lions children's train, Pokey Pete, will be available for rides.
- Decorah's Nordic Dancers perform on Mill St. at the museum following the parade from 10:50 to 11:30 a.m.
- Decorah Lions children's train, Pokey Pete, will be available for rides outside the museum from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Children's activities around the museum and Open Air Division from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
- Tour of the Open Air Division at 1:30 p.m.
- Gallery Talks of the exhibition The Sámi Reindeer People of Alaska at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Syttende Mai, May 17, is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll. “They did not, however, become independent from Sweden until 1905 and until then Syttende Mai celebrations were frowned upon and even forbidden,” Martha Griesheimer, Event Coordinator, said.
“Now, Norwegians celebrate their independence with excited crowds, especially of children, marching through the streets waving flags, singing songs, and celebrating their nation’s independence,” she continued.
“Syttende Mai at Vesterheim is a great opportunity to celebrate freedom wherever it occurs,” Griesheimer added.