14th of July: What’s Bastille Day?

14th of July: What’s Bastille Day?
11 July 2024 Beatriz Silva
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If you’re new to France or are looking to move into the country, it’s important that you get familiar with Bastille day as it is one of the most important days of the year for the French. 


Bastille day is the national day of France (Fête Nationale Française)  and it is celebrated on the 14 July (next Sunday) each year. It marks the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille which is a major event of the friendship revolution as well as the Fête de la Fédération, celebrating the unity of the French back in the 18th century.



What to expect on this day? 


First thing in the morning, head to the Avenue of the Champs-Élysées to witness of the oldest and largest military parade, taking place every year since 1880. The president himself and his government will be starting by Place de la Concorde to watch the parade themselves. And don’t forget to join in shouting the slogan – ‘Vive le 14 Juillet!’.


During the day, you’ll find music and dancing all over the city. I recommend to start selecting the place you plan on watching the fireworks as the city gets extremely busy for the evening for the evening ahead.


The fireworks show takes place at the Eiffel Tower and can therefore be seen all across the city where you can spot the iconic monument. It starts at 11 PM and lights up the sky for half an hour. 



Where to watch the fireworks? 


A very popular option is a cruise down to Sein. Unfortunately, due to the Olympic Games these have completely sold out for this year so here are some alternatives:

  • Champs de Mars; 
  • Trocadéro;
  • Anywhere along the river with Eiffel Tower views; 
  • Place de la Concorde; 
  • Park des Buttes- Chamont; 
  • Montmartre by the Sacré-Coeur; 
  • Park de Belleville; 
  • Pont d’Alma;
  • Any rooftop Bar or Terrace. 



PS.: Don’t  forget to be extra aware of your belongings and pay special attention to your phone as the crowds will be extremely busy and pick pockets are likely to be on duty on this day regardless of the festivities.


Be safe and most of all, have fun!

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