Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris
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When you think of July 14th, Bastille Day, in Paris, perhaps you call to mind some iconic images of this national celebration, such as the Patrouille de France aerobatics team soaring over the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower ablaze with the myriad colours of fireworks, or the Chœur de Radio France singing a vibrant Marseillaise at the foot of the Iron Lady… But there’s nothing like experiencing these wonders in person by spending July 14th in Paris and celebrating the occasion like a Parisian. The Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel offers the ideal location from which to discover the many joys of the Fête Nationale. Here's how your July 14th could unfold.
What if July 14th started on the 13th?
Among the great traditions of Bastille Day, the Firefighters’ Ball remains a firm favourite. Welcoming locals and visitors alike, each district’s barracks hosts a popular, friendly and good-natured ball and everyone can enjoy the festive atmosphere. It’s a pleasure to attend with family or friends. This July 13th, the barracks of the 15th arrondissement, situated in the Place Violet, awaits you a 20-minute walk from the Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel. A great way to get in the mood!
The Bastille Day essentials
The next morning, you can head to the Champs-Elysées for the traditional military parade. From the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, along the most beautiful avenue in the world, the nation’s military personnel don their ceremonial uniforms to present an impressive spectacle which ends with the customary salute at the presidential podium. At the end of the day, crowds gather on the Champs de Mars to listen to a performance by the Orchestre National de France accompanied by the Chœur de Radio France. This wonderful symphonic music concert climaxes with a magnificent fireworks display that has the Eiffel Tower as its setting. You might like to move back a little to the Trocadéro esplanade, from where you can savour the show in its full panoramic splendour.
Dance the night away
All that now remains is to choose your destination for the end of the evening. Some Firefighters' Ball events are also held on the evening of the 14th and await you with their warm and family-friendly atmosphere. Fan of electro music might prefer the live concert and DJ sets of the Garden Party at the Paris Longchamp racecourse. You could also take the opportunity to discover what the clubs, discos and lounge bars in the Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel’s neighbourhood have to offer. Many of these host themed evenings for the occasion. Our hotel team will, of course, be happy to advise you and share recommendations.
Bastille Day is always a great moment of celebration and popular communion in Paris even more than elsewhere. Take advantage of the exceptional location of the Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel in the elegant 16th arrondissement and share with Parisians all the great moments of this special day. Remember to book your stay as soon as possible!
Photo : Thomas
Hotel Auteuil Tour Eiffel, a 4-star hotel in the heart of Paris 16th arrondissement