Yes, the Dutch know how to throw a party.
I haven't been there during the New Years Eve party but have heard all about, heres a older post from a tourist @ Dam Sq.
Fireworks are the biggest part of Dam Square partying, and they rarely shoot into the sky but are big old rockets aimed into the crowds. I saw more than one bloke with his rocket set in an old champagne bottle ready to be launched.
There were 10 of us, and we huddled close with the brave men on the outside of our circle until the alcohol set in and the fireworks lost their fear. That’s not to say we didn’t get hit. One friend had a rocket explode by her leg and was “wounded” by the shrapnel. The pain wasn’t felt that evening with too many natural anesthetics coursing through her body, but she had a good bruise the next morning
For all my screaming, I was only hit once on the hand, and by the countdown I too had left the security of the guy circle!!
Oh, my God, this wasn’t Amsterdam, this was Iraq. We were under siege. Fireworks everywhere, people yelling, screaming, more fireworks, singing, the smoke clears... any dead??? Time to really celebrate we are all here in one piece--alive. Rejoice!! The music carried on and the square did not calm down for a few more hours. Some friends and I climbed onto one of the lion statues and somehow managed to dance whilst clinging to the stone mane. The tunes were techno now and the crowd was ravin’.
What an experience!
Happy New Year