July 14 ~ Happy Bastille Day!

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Are you lucky enough to be in Paris this weekend?

Bastille Day is right around the corner, on July 14th! It’s a serious affair, even in Paris, there’s plenty to do to celebrate the holiday. Many businesses are closed, so you’re best off just to enjoy the holiday!

Did you know? Most French call Bastille Day merely “Le Quatorze Juillet” or “La fête nationale française”!

Bal des Pompiers. Legendary parties thrown by firefighters will light up nightlife Saturday and Sunday. The party is one of the wildest in town, so if it’s your scene, prep for long lines and some gentle shoving. Dancing fireman and nonstop DJ are well worth the wait. From 9pm to 4am.

Military Parade. The ceremony starts just after 9AM and launches down the historic Champs-Elysees. The day’s festivities are complete with military vehicles, aircraft, and military personnel including the French Foreign Legion.

Free Ballet. Head to the Opera Garnier for tickets to the year’s free ballet, “Signes.” The show is choreographed by Carolyn Carlson, director of the Atelier de Paris, and features dancers from the Paris Opera. The show starts at 2:30PM.

Free Art. The price of the Louvre drops to €0. Worth heading there early or very late in the evening to avoid the crowds.

Picnic at Versailles. Festivities run at Versailles as well. A communal picnic around the Grand Canal awaits you. Regional specialties are on the menu, but you’re welcome to bring your own food. Music and festivities animate the Canal’s banks. The only condition is to wear white!

Fireworks. Head to the Eiffel Tower at 11pm for some breathtaking fireworks set to music. Remember, nearby metro stations are mostly closed, so prepare for a hike or grab a view from one of Paris’ famous bridges. Also earlier in the day at the Eiffel is a concert by the French National Orhcestra and the Radio France Choir.

Festival Paris Quartier d’été. Every year performers take to the streets for a variety of dancers, shows, theatres and circuses in the open air all over Paris.

Enjoy the festivities! Missed Bastille Day in Paris this year but want to make it for next year? Call Wittravel, your local travel agents, for professional and knowledgeable travel counseling. We can arrange private French guides who will make your trip à Paris unique and memorable!

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