Come and celebrate France's biggest national holiday with food, fireworks and music. Vive la France!
- When? 14th July 2017
- Where? Place de la Bastille, Paris
- Price: free
Bastille Day is a national holiday in France with the biggest celebrations taking place in Paris as you'd expect. It's a day commemorating the storming of the Bastille which took place on 14 July 1789, an event that kick-started the French Revolution. This resulted in the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, eventually, the creation of the (First) Republic, in 1792. Bastille Day was declared the French national holiday on 6 July 1880.
It's usually marked with military parades and a magnificent fireworks displays from the Eiffel Tower that start at around nightfall and can be enjoyed in various spots around the city.
There’s also the Bal du 14 juillet, a giant dance party held at the Place de la Bastille. It’s a different theme each year, providing people with an opportunity to turn up in elaborate costumes and listen to live music.
Bastille Day is a mega, not-to-be-missed summer event in France.
- Get there: Hop on the metro if it's too far to walk to reach Place de la Bastille. Bastille is the closest stop.
- Stay: Find a hotel in the Le Marais area to be close to the event venue and also within walking distance of some of Paris' best architecture.
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