Together in Solidarity: Celebrate Bastille Day online [fr]

JPEGDear French and American friends,

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be able to host an in-person event to celebrate France’s national holiday this year. The Embassy of France in the United States and its 10 Consulates have however decided to host a virtual Bastille Day event.

On the morning of July 14, go to the "Bastille Day" special page of the embassy’s website to find exclusive content that will enable us celebrate this event together and pay tribute to all of the French-American solidarity initiatives that have flourished over the last few months and which exemplify our values. There will be chances to win prizes throughout the day: French cheeses, vouchers for French food products and even free access to Ubisoft’s video game "Assassin’s Creed: Unity - Bastille Edition"!

On July 14 at 5:00 p.m., Washington D.C. time, log on to the embassy’s website or to its Facebook page for a livestream, to watch the ambassador’s speech to the French community, the messages from the Consuls, as well as speeches by our special guests, including astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will speak to us from Houston.

Message from Consul General Vincent Hommeril

Events in our region

Here are the events scheduled by the Alliance françaises in our region. Numerous restaurants are also organizing special holiday menus. Depending on state and local measures, the businesses propose food and other products via dine in, delivery or take-out.


The following restaurants have a special July 14 menu:

Alpharetta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Decatur, GA

Marietta, GA

Peachtree City, GA

Roswell, GA

Savannah, GA

Senoia, GA


The following restaurants have a special July 14 menu:

Ocean Springs, MS

Ridgeland, MS

North Carolina


  • On July 14 at 6 p.m., join the Alliance Française of Charlotte to sing the French national anthem and watch a replay of the 2019 fireworks in Paris – remotely. For more information about this event, please visit the website of the Alliance Française

The following businesses have special July 14th menus or products:

Raleigh, NC

Charlotte, NC

Southern Pines, NC

South Carolina

The following restaurant has a special July 14 menu:


  • On July 12 at 2 p.m., the Alliance Française of Knoxville will host a guided walk and discussion of the historic Atlantic coastal town of La Rochelle and its surroundings. To sign up to receive the Zoom link, please visit the Alliance Française’s website
  • On July 14 at 6 p.m., the Alliance Française of Nashville will hold its 4th French Fest – virtually. Connect to the event, wearing your best blue-white-red outfit. The best costume will win a prize! For more information, please visit the Alliance Française’s website

Quiz & Drawing Contest

  • Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in a "Draw your July 14th" drawing contest organized by the French Embassy. Drawings, along with the name and age of the young artist, should be sent to before July 12. Prizes will be awarded!

Francofiles podcast

Discover the little-known story of the storming of the Bastille with historian Gary Girod, guest of the French Embassy’s FrancoFiles podcast

Bastille Day Guestbook

Feel free to leave your message in the French Embassy’s Bastille Day Guestbook.

Video: The Republican Guard hoists the colors in honor of the healthcare, civil service and military workers engaged in the fight against COVID-19

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité !

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Last modified on 29/07/2020

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