Bastille Day Events

Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris

Make your way down to the Champs-Élysées from our luxury hotel close to Haussmann Boulevard on the morning of July 14th to take part in one of the most exciting national holidays in France, Bastille Day. The Bastille Day begins with a city parade and ends with parties around Paris to celebrate the momentous event in France’s history.

What is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day is a public holiday in France to commemorate the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille. The pivotal moment during the French Revolution occurred on July 14, 1789, which was a critical moment for France’s independence.

Bastille Day, as a holiday, was initially introduced as a small feast held in 1878 to honor the French Republic. It has since evolved into a nationwide celebration of French pride, with events also held around the world.

Paris is the center of all activity for international celebrations of Bastille Day. In the heart of France, you’ll be joined by public officials, locals, and specially invited guests for the celebrations. The iconic parade began in 1880 and has been a Parisian tradition ever since.

Military parade for Bastille Day on Champs Elysees

How to celebrate Bastille Day?

Paris begins to celebrate Bastille Day on the morning of July 14th every year at 10:30am to have plenty of time throughout the day for various events. Luckily, Hotel Bowmann is located just a short ride away from the location of the parade at Champs-Élysées, which you can access via car or public transportation. Expect major crowds for the parade so arriving early can increase your chances of having a great view.

The Bastille Day parade is the largest military parade in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people line the streets during the parade to see the patriotic procession. French pride is everywhere you look, from flags hanging from apartment balconies to face paint of the flag. The parade begins at the Arc de Triomphe and extends to the Place de la Concorde. The public is accompanied by the President of France who is seated towards the end of the parade route.

After the parade, the streets remain lively and packed with festive crowds as you get treated by music, food, dancing, right in the Parisian center. Major concerts have been hosted during the holiday, from local Concierto bands to mainstream artists.

Eiffel Tower with fireworks during Bastille Day

As night begins to fall, gather around the Eiffel tower to witness an amazing light show and fireworks. Lights are projected onto the tower showcasing national pride only to transition into an awe-inspiring firework show to light up the Paris sky. Crowds picnic in front of the tower all day to await the fireworks and have the best view of the show.

The nightlife on Bastille Day is just as exciting as the day time festivities. Fire stations host their famous Fireman’s Balls, held at various stations around the city. The parties create an exciting nightlife atmosphere complete with music, drinking, and dancing all night long.

Bastille Day is one of the largest holiday celebrations in Paris. It’s held during the busy travel season of Paris, during the summer, attracting countless international tourists to join in the festivities. Stay at our central luxury hotel in Paris to enjoy easy access to the city’s major holiday.

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