Join L’Alliance New York for a festive Bastille Day celebration on Madison Avenue! Enjoy immersive performances, rosé & bubbly parties, two special film screenings, explore more than 50 French and local vendors, and more.

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the National Day of France, which is celebrated on July 14th each year. In French, it is called the Fête nationale française; legally it is known as le 14 juillet or the 14th of July.

French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. One that has been reported as “the oldest and largest military parade in Europe” is held on 14 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of France, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

So, why be French for a day in New York City? The party, of course!  Bastille Day in New York City is considered one of the largest and most successful celebrations of French culture outside France.

This family-friendly event has been sponsored by L’Alliance New York (formerly called the French Institute Alliance Française) for over two decades. A perennial favorite of French expats and Francophiles, over 30,000 residents and visitors are expected to participate.

The number of events to attend is endless so there will be no shortage and the challenge will be figuring out which to visit. From films, to dancing to the delicious food! Everyone will be French on July 14th! So, with that, pick your favorite French thing to do and start planning! We’ll see you out there!

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