Events take place in central Paris to commemorate Bastille Day
The city of Paris prepares to party as France commemorates the start of the French Revolution with its big national holiday on 14th July. As usual, there will be mass celebrations in villages, towns and cities up and down the country. To kick off the Bastille Day celebrations on the right note this year the French cyclist Tony Gallopin will be wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France at the race continues with a tricky mountain stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.
In 1789 crowds of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille, a prison which symbolised Royal authority. The fall of the Bastille was to cause the tyrannical monarchy to collapse and the the modern French nation was created. Today Bastille Day is a wonderful mix of pomp, ceremony and uninhibited fun, wherever you happen to be in France.
In Paris the morning Military Parade on the Champs-Elysées in the presence of the President of France will be one of the principal ceremonies. The theme this year will be “The Centenary of the First World War”.
A number of museums will be closed on this national holiday but to mark the French national day entry to the Musée du Louvre is free all day. Opera lovers can take advantage of a special free performance at the Paris Opera House of “La Bohème” by Giacomo.
To round off the day of national celebration a spectacular fireworks display will take place from the Bassins du Trocadéro. Crowds of spectators will enjoy the display, which starts at around 11pm, from the Champs de Mars and Trocadéro. This year the theme of the display will be “Guerre et Paix”.