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July 14th Bastille Day celebrations in France, around the world

Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

As you know, Thursday July 14th is the French National Holiday known as “Le 14 juillet” in France and “Bastille Day” around the world. Besides celebrations in the US (some of my favorites in Washington DC: at Bistrot du Coin, as well as the French Embassy), there are celebrations all across France.

You can see fireworks schedules for major cities in France on this page . For example on the Champs de Mars in Paris the fireworks will take place from 10:30 to 10:45pm on July 14th.

A local tradition in France is also Bastille Day Firehouse parties hosted by firemen everywhere at fire stations around the country. Paris and the region has dozens of them July 13th and July 14th. You will be expected to donate money to firemen in exchange for drinks and good times.

You can find a list here and here for even more information.

Expect crowds, but enjoy!

In honor of the holiday, here is the French national anthem below, La Marseillaise, complete with lyrics.

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