Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale, is a momentous occasion in France that commemorates the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789. It is a day filled with patriotic spirit, cultural celebrations, military parades and dazzling fireworks. 

It is celebrated the length and breadth of the country, but for those fortunate enough to be in Paris on Bastille Day, the city offers a multitude of exciting events and activities to make the most of this extraordinary day. Read on to see how best to spend Bastille Day in Paris, ensuring a memorable experience that will cater for all.

Bastille Day

Attend the Bastille Day Military Parade

Start your Bastille Day by witnessing the iconic military parade along the Champs-Élysées. The event showcases France’s military might and historical grandeur, with marching bands, precision drills, and a display of various military units in their fine uniforms. The parade usually commences around 10 am, so arrive early to secure a good viewing spot and feel the patriotic atmosphere as the French flag waves proudly in the air.

Stay here: Apartment Thea is just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe so you only have to hop around the corner to catch the festivities.

Bastille Day

Picnic at the Champ de Mars

After the parade, head to the Champ de Mars, the vast green space stretching in front of the Eiffel Tower. Join locals and tourists alike for a traditional picnic filled with all the necessary accoutrements: baguettes, cheese, wine, macarons and other delectable treats. The atmosphere is joyful and relaxed, providing an excellent opportunity to soak up the convivial spirit of Bastille Day while enjoying panoramic views of the iconic ‘Iron Lady’.

Stay here: You could not be better placed than at Apartment Lilou for incredible views of the illustrious Tour Eiffel.

Bastille Day

Explore French Culture

Paris is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and Bastille Day offers a chance to delve deeper into French traditions. Visit the numerous museums that line the city, such as the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, to appreciate masterpieces of art and history. Alternatively, explore the vibrant neighbourhoods like Montmartre or Le Marais, where you can people-watch with a café in hand, enjoy the local neighbourly ambience, visit quaint boutiques, and indulge in French cuisine at charming restaurants.

Stay here: Apartment Anais is a romantic stay for two, right at the foot of the hill to Montmartre.

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Fireworks Extravaganza

As dusk settles in, prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking fireworks display that illuminates the Parisian sky. The most spectacular location to witness this grand spectacle is from the Champ de Mars, with the Eiffel Tower serving as a magnificent backdrop. Find a comfortable spot, gather with locals and fellow travellers, and revel in the awe-inspiring explosion of lights, colours, and sounds that celebrate the essence of Bastille Day.

Stay here: Practically on the lawn of the Champ de Mars, Apartment Avril is a chic spot to call home during a purely Parisian getaway.

Bastille Day

Late-Night Celebrations

After the fireworks, the festivities continue well into the night. Make your way to the vibrant neighbourhood of Montparnasse or the legendary Champs-Élysées, where you’ll find lively street parties, open-air concerts, and fascinating dance performances. Experience the thrill of celebrating alongside locals and fellow revellers and lose yourself infectious energy that fills the city on this special night.

Stay here: Apartment Leonie is ideal for a stay in the ever-inviting neighbourhood of Montparnasse and is very near the gorgeous Luxemburg Gardens.


Bastille Day in Paris is an extraordinary experience that encapsulates the spirit of liberty, unity, and cultural heritage that France is renowned for. Getting stuck into the celebrations of Bastille Day in Paris is an opportunity to embrace the essence of freedom and joy that has come to define this glorious nation.


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