Bastille Day: French Independence Day

Of course here at The Vibe Agency we would share the news and the joy of the Bastille Day!!

Brief History

Today is the 130th anniversary of the France’s National Holiday “Bastille day”.

  • 14 July is the French national day, simply called Fête nationale or 14 juillet (though it is generally referred to as Bastille Day in English). Many cities hold fireworks during the night. It is also customary that firefighters organise dancing parties (bals du 14 juillet).
  • The day officially celebrates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, though it is often associated, even in France, with the Storming of the Bastille.
  • Military parades are held on the morning of 14 July, the largest of which takes place on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.
  • The parade opens with cadets from certain schools (École Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, École Navale, and so forth), then other infantry troops, then motorised troops; aviation of the Patrouille de France flies above. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France’s close allies into the parade; for instance, in 2002, cadets from the United States Military Academy paraded.
  • The parade also involves the French Republican Guard, and occasionally (non-military) police units; it always ends with the much-cheered and popular Paris Fire Brigade (which, exceptionally, has military status in France). Traditionally, the students of the École Polytechnique set up some form of joke.
  • The president then gives an interview to members of the press, discussing the situation of the country, recent events and projects for the future. He also holds a garden party at the Palais de l’Elisée.
  • Bastille Day also falls during the running of the Tour de France, and is traditionally the day upon which French riders will make a special effort to take a stage victory for France.

Source : Wikipedia

Things To Think About

So feel like getting in the mood here are some great ideas and recipes to use Bastille Day Recipes and don’t think that we haven’t been on the look out for some decor ideas as well. This woman took it into her own hands and created a cool event ( Fete Et Fleur), see what you like and go from there.

What Are We Doing

Celebrating of course!!!  We saved some Sparklers from the 4th of July and cracked open a bottle of wine.

Happy Independence Day and Vive La France !

Tip: If you are in France here is all the info you need

Champs-Elysees (Venue)

Avenue des Champs-Elysees
75008 Paris

Parade and firework show

Getting There

Metro: Champs-Elysees Clemenceau.
Bus: 28, 32, 42, 49, 73, 80, 83 and 93.

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