Bastille Day - Come and enjoy the festivities in Paris!
The 14th July 1779 marks a great turning point in the history of France. On that day, the French people stormed the Bastille, the famous French prison, to demonstrate to the then King, Louis XVI, that the French people were no longer prepared to accept the absolute rule of the monarchy.
This significant show of defiance led the way for the French Revolution and after further subsequent monarchies and bloody battles, the French Republic was eventually born.
Now, Bastille Day is the biggest and most important holiday in the French calendar. Of course, with the storming of the Bastille having taken place in Paris, the biggest and best celebrations take place here in the capital.
The festivities start on the evening of the 13th July, where a huge dance party - the “Bal du 14 juillet” - takes place in the Place de la Bastille, which sees people celebrating and dancing to live music in fancy costumes.
On 14th July itself, there is a massive military parade and colourful fly-by by the renowned Patrouille de France which starts at the Arc de Triomphe and continues all the way along the Champs Elysees in front of the President and other dignitaries. With much flag waving and cheering the atmosphere is one of true celebration in this the oldest and largest regular military parade in the world.
Throughout the capital, firemen traditionally open up their fire stations and welcome passers-by to live demonstrations and dancing (donations are appreciated!)
Then, in the evening, the grand finale – a huge and impressive firework display centred on the Eiffel Tower rounds off the day’s celebrations in style.
Come and celebrate Bastille Day with us at the centrally located Hotel Elysees Regencia Paris where you can relax in 4 star comfort after your action-packed day. Vive la France!
Place de la Bastille:
Metro: Bastille, Lines: 1, 5, 8
Metro: Champs Elysees – various stops, Lines: 1, 13