The main festivities occur in Brussels and start in the evening before, with a concert known as the "Bal National". In the morning, there is a church service attended by the King and other dignitaries, followed by a military parade in the afternoon. Traditionally, there is a televised speech of the King and the day finishes with a huge fireworks display.
Throughout the country, celebrations often involve church services, flea markets, and public concerts. Due to Belgium's climate, rain is common on the National Day and is popularly referred to (in French) as the "Drache Nationale" (National Downpour).