Tulip Time festival a Holland tradition

The Tulip Time festival celebrates Holland’s Dutch heritage each May.

Tulip time started in 1927 when a Holland high school teacher named Lida Rogers suggested Holland adopt the tulip as its flower due to the city’s close ties to the Netherlands.  Ever since, it has been an annual tradition held in early May.

During Tulip time, many carnival food venders serve very delicious food that is unhealthy for you such as cotton candy, Elephant ears, and other food. Dutch dancers swarm the streets in the evenings.

Local schools also take part in the Tulip Time festivities, including our very own Hamilton High School.

“During Tulip time, it is a good opportunity for Hamilton band and choir to show more than just the Hamilton community but to the Holland community also,” Hamilton High School Principal Doug Braschler said.

The first night the festival has a fireworks show, which was this past Saturday, May 5.

The rest of the week, there are a variety of events, including Dutch dancing, parades, and Carnival rides that go until the next Saturday.

The tulips range in many colors and bring tourists from all over for these seven days in May.  This event brings back the Dutch heritage in Holland, Michigan and is a great, fun, family event.


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