Bastille Day will be held 14 Jul 2018 in Paris, France. Bastille Day is a day of national celebration for the French, this public holiday commemorates the day that Parisian commoners and peasants stormed the fortress and prison of Bastille, provoking events that would end the monarchy and usher in the age of liberty, fraternity and equality. There are celebrations all over France but the place to be is the capital. Celebrations start in Paris on the night of 13 July, when many firestations have all-night parties. Next day there’s a traditional military parade along the Champs Elysees and there is a festival atmosphere throughout the day, finishing with the city night-sky turned bright by magnificent and noisy fireworks shows. It is an opportunity for the French to celebrate their culture and unity as a democracy. Parades are abundant, as are local fayres and fetes, so use this opportunity to soak up and appreciate the spirit of modern day France, her history and unique cuisine and culture. Be sure not to miss the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. Bastille Day is an event and I like events...
One of King Louis XVI’s most trusted counsellor pronounced those ominous words on July 12, 1789. Two days later, the royal fortress of Bastille — a symbol of despotism — was attacked.
The tide of patriotic fervour led to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. “Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.” Nations around the world modelled their bill of rights after this now universal sentence. No wonder France’s national holiday, le quatorze juillet*, is world famous.
Every year, since 1880, Bastille Day’s notoriety is matched by festivities and pomp honouring the republic to the rhythm of the national anthem La Marseillaise.
Bastille Day celebrations are held in French communities and the Institut de France around the world.
What Do People Do in Bastille Day 2018?
Many people attend large-scale public celebrations. These often include:
Military and civilian parades.
Spectacular fireworks displays.
Bastille Day 2018 Symbols:
The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the French national flag, or tricolor, are important symbols of Bastille Day. The French national flag is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is tall. It consists of three vertical bands of equal width colored blue, white and red. The same colors are displayed in bunting and banners of many shapes on Bastille Day. People may also wear clothing or face paint in these colors.
The Grand Parade in Paris: A Spectacle of Colours and Rhythm
In Paris, celebrations start with Alpha Jets of La Patrouille de France (a division of France’s air force) in the morning. The powerful steel engines thunder past the capital trailing smoke in red, white, and blue of the national flag. The traditional military parade begins at 11 a. m. Some 4,000 soldiers, police officers, fire-fighters, including cadets of military academies begin rolling down Paris’ famed Champs-Elysées Avenue, as the flanked crowd cheers on.
The 14 juillet military parade is the oldest and arguably the largest in Europe: regiments in tight formation, the Garde Républicaine riding horses, traditional uniforms. The parade moves on close-order drills from place de l’Etoile to place de la Concorde.
Music at the Eiffel Tour:
In the afternoon, Paris comes alive as the city prepares for the fire department balls commonly held in almost every neighbourhood.
The high point of the festivities: the free concert on the Champs-de-Mars followed by the fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower. Beginning at sunset, 250 musicians of the National Orchestra of France and of the Radio France Choir serenade the sparkling Iron Lady with Mozart, Verdi, and Berlioz, and Wagner. Then, 500, 000 spectators watch in awe as fireworks transform the skyline into a kaleidoscope of colour for thirty-five minute.