Every year since 2007, you can take part in the D-Day Normandy Festival, which celebrates the anniversary of the Allied forces landing in Normandy on 6 June 1944. From May 28th to June 12th, come to Normandy to relive and celebrate the end of World War II.
June 6th, 2016, Normandy will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Landing. For the occasion, a varied program of commemorative ceremonies, meetings, and festivities are organized: shows, parachuting, fireworks, reenactments, walking heroes, giant picnics … Nearly 130 events which take place on all the landing sites and battle of Normandy sites.
The tourism boards in charge of the landing beaches area will unite again this year to offer a full program on this unique territory: the Cotentin Bay, Isigny-Grandcamp-Intercom, Omaha Beach, Bayeux Intercom, Lands Nacre, Caen, Ouistreham Riva-Bella and Cabalor.
A few show and events you will enjoy
- Exhibition “A camp for German prisoners in Foucarville” at Airborn Museum. From May 14th to October 15th.
- Meeting with Guy Stern, a member of the Richie Boys Company, which landed on Utah Beach. May 23rd or 24th.
- International Peace Walk (19km) at Ravenoville beach. May 28th.
- Reconstruction of a US military camp, the “Arizona Camp” in Carentan. From June 3rd to 5th.
- Historic parachuting from a C-47 plane, in the swamp of Graignes. June 3rd.
- Military vehicles parade from camp Univem, Vierville-Sur-Mer. June 4th.
- Historical hiking (20km) in the footsteps of 47th Commando landed on Gold Beach, Asnelles-Sur-Mer. June 6th.
To see the complete lists of events, click here
Come experience filled moments of warmth and emotion in those historical places!
Quick return in history
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June to August 1944, resulted in the liberation of Western Europe by the Allied Forces from the Nazi’s control. Codenamed « Operation Overlord », the battle began on June 6th, 1944, also known as D-Day, when 156 000 men from the American, British and Canadian forces landed on the heavily fortified coasts of the Normandy region.
By late August 1944, all of the northern France had been liberated, and the Nazi’s surrender came not long afterward. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
Nowadays, Normandy still celebrates the D-Day Landing by paying tribute to the brave men who fought this and many other battles to end World War II.