Until 1983 National Day was celebrated as Flag Day since no big independence movement in the history of Sweden was marked by a particular day that would celebrate Sweden as a country. Thus, the day is not of great celebration and is mostly used as a chance to get out of town with family or friends.
For visitors, one of the best places to celebrate Sweden's National Day is the Royal Palace in Stockholm. On this day, the King of Sweden opens large parts of Stockholm Palace for the public free of charge. The Royal Palace is the main residence for members of the Swedish Royal Family. It has 1,430 rooms. The National Day at the Royal Palace begins with an opening ceremony at 10 am. The Crown Princess couple show up at the Palace gates to welcome visitors to apartments, museums, and activities. The Palace is open untill 5 pm.
Sweden's National Day is a great occasion to mingle with the locals. People everywhere around the country sing old Swedish songs and eat all things Swedish, including salmon and meatballs. Most festivities occur outside!