Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in the Southeast [fr]
July 14, 1789 marks a turning point in French history. On this day, citizens stormed the Bastille, an infamous prison that represented the monarchy’s control over the people. The taking of the Bastille has come to symbolize the beginning of the French Revolution and France’s movement toward becoming a republic.
Today, the occasion is celebrated throughout France with events such as a traditional military parade along the Champs Elysée, a spectacular fireworks show above the Eiffel Tower, as well as dancing and concerts throughout France.
And the celebrations reach far beyond France’s border — all the way to the Southeastern United States. Take a look at some of the festivities planned for your area:
This Bastille Day, the French Consulate General in Atlanta will hold its annual Fête Nationale reception. Atlanta’s French and francophile community will enjoy an evening of French snacks, wine and fun on Saturday, July 14.
On July 14 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., the Alliance Française is hosting a Bastille Day "Soirée Blanche" in which participants come dressed in white cocktail attire. The event, which is also a fundraiser, includes delicious French food as well as a silent auction and a rooftop fashion show.
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The Consulate General of France in Atlanta will host its annual July 14 reception in Buckhead. A certain number of invitations are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis for French nationals registered with the Consulate.
The annual Waiter’s Race will take place on July 15 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Shops at Buckhead’s center plaza. Waiters’ races are a century-old French tradition that test a waiter or waitress’ everyday skills by having them race as fast as possible holding a loaded tray without spilling its contents. The best waiter or waitress wins! All proceeds will benefit the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers in crisis. For more information, click here.
The Bastille Day Fête and Garlic Feast at the Continental Bakery downtown on July 14t will celebrate the time when 80,000 French commoners stormed the Bastille in a symbolic effort to crush oppression. The $30 prix fixe dinner is inspired by the most honorable peasant food of all — garlic. For more information, click here.
The Alliance Française of Charlotte is hosting a Bastille Day Coffee Meetup at Amélie’s French Bakery & Café for anyone interested in celebrating France’s independence day. For more information, here.
This July 12 Fête National Champagne dinner combines Champagne by Laurent-Perrier and fine dining by Executive Chef Chris Huerta. It also includes live Gypsy Jazz by WireWood. For more information, click here.
On Sunday, July 15 experience the second Charlotte French Festival at Nevin Park. Enjoy food, wine, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance and a pétanque tournament, while learning more about French culture and celebrating Bastille Day! For more information, click here.
Join Simply Crepes and Lafayette Village Saturday, July 14 for a celebration of French liberty and culture from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy French-inspired music from Tea Cup Gin and watch aerial demos. Make a paper cockade in France’s colors to take away and wear for Bastille Day. There will also be French-themed face painting and giant bubble makers. For more information, click here.
Celebrate Bastille Day with a Fête Fromage at the restaurant goat.sheep.cow’s north location. Think personal sized split champagne bottles outfitted with a straw, French-inspired small plates perfect for sharing, $5 rosé pours and French pop! No reservations required. For more information, click here.
Enjoy brunch to Celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 at Creêpes and Croissants at 10:00 a.m.. For more information, click here.
"Be French for a day" on Saturday, July 14 at Southern Wesleyan University on the Square, with Bastille Days Greenville. The festival will include a poodle parade (all dogs are welcome), vendors with French flair, French food, twister (contest at 2:00 p.m.), skateboarding (ages 6 to 16), Parisian Chic makeup, speaking French, French braids, an art contest and French lemonade. Come celebrate South Carolina French heritage. Admission and parking are free. For more information, click here.
Celebrate French independence day with a potluck dinner at the Pickering Center in Germantown. Each guest is required to bring a dish that can be shared with others. Bottles of wine are optional. For more information, click here.
On July 14, the Alliance Française of Nashville will hold its second annual French Fest. This event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Sevier Park and is free and open to all ages and dogs. The Alliance Française will provide family-friendly outdoor games, and guests are encouraged to bring their own favorite games to share. French or not, come prepared to dance and mingle. For more information, click here.
On Thursday July 14 at 5:00 p.m., join the Alliance Française at Little Gourmand for champagne, hors d’œuvres and live music to celebrate Bastille Day. For more information, click here.
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