While we just celebrated our own independence lets not forget about the rest of the world. Especially in New York City. We are a melting pot of everything around here and the reason why we all love to be here. We have a plethora of cultures and traditions on our little island for us to enjoy. This weekend, we get to focus on the French as they celebrate their independence or Bastille Day.

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In French, it is formally called Fête nationale française, and legally le 14 juillet.  French National Day—commemorates the start of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. In New York, the occasion presents several fun opportunities to explore and celebrate French culture, both on the commemorative day and throughout the weekend.  So, what does that mean for us non-French in New York?  A lot! Because, we have the opportunity to join the party and there is a lot of partying to do! For us, we’re heading to the park!

After a successful first year, the Consulate General of France in New York is hosting a celebration of French culture with live theater, music, and dance in Central Park. This year’s celebration will commence with opening speeches from the Consul General of France in NY Jérémie Robert and the President of French-speaking Societies of NY Gérard Epelbaum. Performers for this year’s show include Virgil Boutellis, Adam Leites and Daniel Rafimayeri, China Moses, DeLaruentis, and DJ Joachim Garraud. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on July 14 at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Admission is free.

While this our choice of how to celebrate, there are a ton of other events and happenings to celebrate the day.  For more information, visit: https://newyork.consulfrance.org/bastille-day-2022-lineup-see-who-s-performing

Joyeux quatorze juillet!