The French like to do it big – Go big or go home. Remember that little thing called the Eiffel Tower? What about the Statue of Liberty? Let’s not forget about Bastille. We’re assuming the motto “go big or go home” ran through the minds of those who stormed the Bastille.
Bastille Day, formally known as La Fête Nationale, marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 – it marks France’s independence. It’s a big celebration all over France, ranging from festivals and official ceremonies to parades throughout the cities. There has been some sort of celebration in France since July of 1880 – this year marks the 123rd year of popping bottles and celebrating French independence.
We all know that a country’s independence is something to celebrate and rightfully so. Hello, Americans celebrate the 4th of July practically year round. It’s always nice to see other countries celebrating the independence of their comrades. Bastille day, among others, is celebrated internationally. Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and over 50 cities in the United States all celebrate Bastille Day.
Don’t think you can make it out to France to celebrate with the French? Problem solved. Bastille Day is coming to you, New York.
On Sunday, July 14th head over to 60th street [between 5th and Lexington Avenues] to celebrate Bastille Day with millions of your closest friends and family. Enjoy the best of French culture at the Festival Institute Alliance Française’s annual street fair! You don’t want to miss out on crêpes or éclairs; not to mention, it wouldn’t be a party without wine, beer, and live music! Bastille Day on 60th Street has been happening for over 10 years. Be sure to go to 60th Street between 12-5PM to see all the fun – Vive la France !