Bastille Day in NYC. The French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year, is called in English-speaking countries Bastille Day. For New Yorkers is an important day because we love independence and freedom too, and because France helped America in its independence.
The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 as well as the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry.
Over 50 U.S. cities conduct annual celebrations. New York City has numerous Bastille Day celebrations each July. The most famous are Bastille Day on 60th Street hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française between Fifth and Lexington Avenues on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Bastille Day on Smith Street in Brooklyn, and Bastille Day in Tribeca. Of course, tomorrow the Empire State Building will be illuminated in blue, white and red.
Yareah recommends a different event. Don’t you like the French food? It’s delicious! Then, celebrate French independence with a tasting tour:
NYC’s newest French market, Le District, will celebrate French independence with a tasting tour. Enjoy a glass of wine with your French food adventure from the Boulangerie to the Fromagerie, Charcuterie, Rotisserie, Boucherie and Poissonnerie. $20, July 14th, 225 Liberty St., 5 p.m. – 9p.m… Be happy this summer 2015, because you are free!
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! Summer is funny!
Video: Bastille Day 2014 in Paris.