Syttende Mai Celebration

Celebrate Syttende Mai at Vesterheim
Sponsored by Jeff and Marilyn Roverud
with additional support by Rockwell Collins.

In case of inclement weather, the parade and Nordic Dancers will be canceled and the Foot-Notes will perform in Vesterheim’s Bethania Church.

Syttende Mai, May 17, is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll. This year is the bicentennial anniversary of the signing of the consitution and there are special celebrations all over Norway and the United States.

“Norwegians did not 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.