The famous French Bastille Day holiday is almost here again for another year as it will take play at the Champs Elysees on July 13-14. The national holiday is in remembrance of the storming of the Bastille during the beginning of the French Revolution.
Thousands of people line along the historical Champs Elysees to witness an impressive military parade that’s led by the country’s president. The crowds then come back at night to party all night long while witnessing a colourful fireworks display over the Trocadero.
There are a lot of dances around the city during the event, with the Bastille Square being one of the most popular sites for it. There are also numerous parties held at Parisian fire stations, along with an outdoor gay ball, and the Incredible Picnic, which is one of the biggest in the world.
Most of the city’s clubs and bars are also filled with revelers and hold their own special celebrations.
The Bastille Day parade, dances, and fireworks are all free and if you’re in France at the time, but can’t make it to the capital, don’t worry as just about every town in the country will celebrate with a dance, champagne, street parties, and fireworks.
While the Bastille fortress no longer exists, the spot where it stood is still a popular site to visit in Paris.
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