France’s Bastille Day is one of those events that you need to witness at least once in your lifetime. How about experiencing it in 2018? It is celebrated every summer; more specifically, on July 14 – a day that sees major countrywide celebrations. This is a festive day in which fashion shows, music and fireworks are center stage. As it could not be any other way, one of the best places to celebrate it is Paris. With our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains, it is very easy to get to this highly anticipated event on time. Are you going to miss it?
What does people celebrate in July 14?
Exhibition of the Air Force
In order to learn about the origins of this festivity, one would have to go back to July 14, 1789; the day of the Storming of the Bastille. Back then, the people lived under the absolutist ruling of King Louis XVI and the Bastille was a prison where anyone considered to be a hazard to the regime was incarcerated.
Well, the Storming of the Bastille represents the uprising of people fed up with so much repression. It is not by chance that this event would mark the beginning of the iconic French Revolution, which meant the end of absolutist monarchy in the country and bring forward the well-known ideas of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
However, it would be almost a century before July 14 was officially declared as Bastille Day.
Bastille Day in Paris
Military parade of the French Army
Bastille Day is lived intensely across the entire country, but particularly in Paris. In the morning of July 14 the capital city wakes up to an impressive military parade at the Champs Elysées. The most important avenue in the city becomes home to a glorious exhibition by French armed forces, which is also attended by several political figures.
Of course, the colours of the flag are everywhere you look, in almost every corner of the Champs Elysées. During the parade, a massive column of blue, red and white smoke tints the sky, to the delight of all spectators.
But the day will have only just begun. Throughout the day, several cultural events are held at various points in the city. In the afternoon, for example, a classical music concert will take place at the Champ de Mars.
One of the most notable events is the traditional firework show at the Eiffel Tower. When the night falls, France’s most iconic monument becomes the epicenter of a pyrotechnic show anyone would be awed by.
Do you dare to celebrate Bastille Day this year? Climb aboard one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains and dive into the country’s festivity par excellence. We connect Paris with several Spanish cities!