Bastille Day in Paris
July 14th marks Bastille Day in France, the French National Holiday.
The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was an emblematic event of the French Revolution and marked the collapse of the French monarchy in France (with Louis XVI) and the country’s transformation to the Republic we know today.
In 1880 the 14th of July was chosen as a French National Holiday in memory of this revolutionary event and is celebrated each year throughout France.
Like any capital city, Paris has some of the grandest celebrations and we have looked into some of the events you can take part in on this day:
Fire Station Balls - 13th & 14th July 2016
From 9pm to 4am Fire Stations around Paris open their doors to the public hosting free balls with dancing and drinks throughout the night!
Most of these are free entry, however you are encouraged to make donations towards the brave firemen.
Military Parade on the Champ Elysées - 14th July 2016
From 10am troops parade along the Champs Elysées between the Place de Concord and the Arc de Triomphe on foot and on motorcycles. This event is attended by locals, tourists, military personnel, and even the President himself, François Hollande!
Fireworks - 14th July 2016
From 9pm orchestras and bands will perform concerts for all spectators in the streets of Paris and at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. This night culminates with a magnificent fireworks display at 11pm. The fireworks will be fired from the Trocadero Ponds and spectators can watch from Champs de Mars and the Trocadero.
Fireworks begin at 11pm and last for around half an hour.
Many people come to enjoy the fireworks, so we advising making your way there from at least 8.30pm to get a good spot!
Did you know?
We represent a number of high-quality hotels in Paris in excellent locations such as the Banke Hotel (pictured below) which, as its name might suggest, occupies a former bank and uses the original features to create a unique interior. You can find all the hotels we represent in Paris here.
Suite at the Banke Hotel