July 14th is a national holiday in France, with popular balls and fireworks. Don’t miss the numerous festivities scheduled in Paris: parades, fireworks, and popular dances…
July 14th and its official ceremonies
July 14th, a public holiday above excellence, was instituted in 1880 on the anniversary date of the taking of the Bastille which happened during the Revolution of 1789. This celebration takes place each year in an assembly of official ceremonies like the popular entertainment valued by both the French and the visiting tourists.
July 14th is a holiday throughout the country. It is traditionally marked in Paris by an imposing military parade which unfolds past the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Concorde. It is opened by the passing of the French Air Force, which draws a long tricolor ribbon in the sky. This is after the parade of the different corps of the army, accompanied by their proper theme music, the great military schools, and the firemen of Paris. A somewhat recent tradition now adds the squadrons of foreign armies to participate in the parade.
July 14th, day of public joy!
A firework is shot into the evening of July 14th at the foot of the Eiffel tower illuminating it and the popular balls that are organized in all of the quarters of the city, often in the firemen’s barracks but also in other places. Giving into the cliché “the accordion is the instrument king” blaring, rosettes, dances…
Consult the program of the July 14th celebration, in the area of the city of Paris, and the list of places dedicated to the holiday.
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