Fews words about the 14th of July in France
It is always worth it to be in Paris on 13th -14th July.
In France, “Quatorze Juillet” (14th July) is a national holiday, formally known as the “Fête de la Fédération”. It is usually called Bastille Day in English. In France, it is called “Fête Nationale” (National Celebration) in official parlance, or more commonly “Quatorze Juillet” (14th July). It commemorates the “Fête de la Fédération” of the 14 July 1790, held on the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille.
The Storming of the Bastille in Paris took place on July 14 July, 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. While the prison only contained seven prisoners at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and it subsequently became an icon of the French Republic. The anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille fortress prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French revolution.
Morning Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic. The parade opens with cadets from the Ecole Poly technique, Saint Cyre, Ecole Navale, and so forth, then other infantry troops, then motorized troops, flyover by “Patrouille de France”. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France’s foreign allies.
Evening Concert & Fireworks at Trocadéro
The first part of the evening starts at 7pm with a couple of concerts on the Champs de Mars that starts at the Eiffel Tower. However, the real event of the night is the fireworks display. Always massive, the show starts around 10:30 or 10:45 pm. This popular event draws huge crowds to Trocadéro and Champs de Mars. You will have a great night! For more information on the July 14th activities, see www.paris.org.
Bals des Pompiers (Dances at fire station with firemen)
The Pompiers de Paris are the kings of the night as they organize the traditional balls on both July 13th and 14th at 13 fire stations in Paris and 27 other just outside the city limits. Beginning at 9 p.m., expect to stay till the wee hours of the morning (4 a.m.) with these “soldiers of fire” who wait all year to dance on this special occasion. For more information on the “Bals des Pompiers, see www.pompiersparis.fr.
Also note that all major museums and parks are OPEN on Bastille Day! It is a great day to see Paris!