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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

France’s national holiday marks the 1789 French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille prison with huge festivities in Paris – with a mixture of fun and formality.

Partying starts on the 13th July, with discos run by the fire brigade at local fire stations. On the 14th July there’s a grand military parade of troops and tanks and a fly-over down the Champs-Elysees. In the evening, fireworks are set off from the Trocadero – best seen from the Champ de Mars.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 7+
Frequency: annually
When: 14th July
Duration: 1 day

Getting there & doing it

This is a non-ticketed, non-bookable event. Get to the Champs-Elysees well before the military parade begins at 10am on the 14th July if you want to be in with the chance of a decent view – note that the metro stops along the avenue itself will be closed, so get to the nearest one you can and walk from there. Expect big crowds on the Champs-Elysees, but that’s all part of the fun.

When to do it

The festival is held on the 14th July each year.

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