Get ready for July 14
Get ready for another French celebration – as the Revolution that signified the end of the Monarchy back in 1789 is remembered up and down the country on Bastille Day – an annual event that takes place on July 14th! There will be major events for the whole family to enjoy, so this is a chance to get into the spirit of the biggest party of the year. Here are some essential historic facts you need to know.
- The Bastille was a prison that represented the absolute power of the Monarch and symbolised a corrupt government.
- In 1789 The Bastille held seven influential prisoners.
- On July 14 an angry group of Parisians stormed the prison.
- King Louis XVI and his wife Marie ‘let them eat cake’ Antoinette, went into hiding at Versailles.
- The peasants in the city went wild, burning and pillaging houses and destroying symbols of the aristocracy.
- This symbolised the beginning of the French Revolution.
- To the French, this date represents the downfall of the Monarchy and recognised that power could be held by ordinary citizens, not by the king or God!
You can expect a Parisian lockdown on Friday as the French get into action. There will be a grand military parade on the Champs-Elysees which will start at 10am in the morning and go on until midday. Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower is probably the most loved moment of the festivities and you can expect thousands of people to be surrounding the monument. The fireworks can be watched from the Champs de Mars or the Trocadero from 11pm in the evening.
You can also dance away with the local firefighters at the annual fireman’s ball! A tradition that has taken place in the city for many years on Bastille Day. Open to the public for the next few evenings (13/14 July) find your local fire station info and details here.
For the 4th consecutive year, the Orchestre National de France and the Choeur de Radio France will give a big concert of operatic works at the foot of the Eiffel Tower starring the greatest international artists. This free, quality event in an amazing setting starting at 9.30pm.
If you want to escape the event, MLP strongly advises that you check out the top 75 things to do this Summer guide in Paris which should give you plenty of inspiration. As it’s a public holiday many places will be closed. But, if you want to go and check out a museum there will be a select few that are open. You’ll find the list here.
You can expect the red white and blue colours of the French Flag to be absolutely everywhere on Thursday! If you want to find out more, your best bet is to look at the information available on this Paris Tourist website.
Up the Revolution! Enjoy Bastille Day!
Love MLP x
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