How To Celebrate Bastille Day 2019 in New York City

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July 4th, America’s Independence Day, has passed. Now it’s time to get excited for July 14th! The date doesn’t ring a bell? Bastille Day! This is a French National holiday, dating all the way back to 1789 with the storming of the Bastille. This was the day the French were finally released from an economic and political crisis, marked as the symbol of the French Revolution, and an important holiday worth celebrating liberty, equality, and fraternity ever since. This patriotic pride goes a long way on Bastille Day, especially here in New York City with the week leading up to July 14th being full of events to celebrate the French culture. Here is everything you need to know to celebrate Bastille Day in New York avec panache!

FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street

Sunday July 14th, 2019

(Photo: Nicole Stalinsky)

This year, Bastille day will occur on Sunday, July 14, 2019, hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), creating New York’s biggest & liveliest French street fête from 12:00PM to 5:00PM on East 60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue, NYC. You will not fall shy of French cuisine, musique, dance, and attractions for the whole family at this three-block fête populaire including live performances on Stage in the Street, a French-Themed market, and a kid’s corner for arts and crafts. Check out these events happening throughout the day as well:


bastille-day-1(Photo: Courtesy of FIAF)

1:00PM – 4:00PM:  « Fly Away with Books » workshops for kids aged 4-10 (free)

12:00PM-4:30PM: Summer in the South of France Wine Tasting

1:30PM & 3:30PM: Champagne, Cocktails & Jazz Party (Tickets available here at 75$)

5:30PM: Screening of “C’est la vie” : a movie by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, starring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve and Gilles Lelouche



Bastille Day Rally Around NYC

Sunday July 14th, 2019


(Photo: Ian Gratton/Flickr CC)

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Citröen Automobiles  by attending the largest active automotive event in New York City. Beginning on 122nd Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan at 9:00AM, this car and motorbike rally will showcase the most classic Citroen automobiles throughout the city. Check out the official website for full details, routing information, and after party sneak-peaks.


French Restaurant Week

July 8th- July 21st

the 10th annual French Restaurant Week will be in full swing. Reserve your table at a select fine-dining restaurant with awesome fixed-rated deals to experience French cuisine at its best. Check out the list of participating restaurants to see which ones catch your eye (or your stomach).


Bastille Day in Jersey City

Saturday July 13th, 2019

Just across the river, celebrate Bastille Day on 209 3rd Street in Jersey City from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Here you will be immersed in all things French, from French cuisine including crepes and other French specialties and drinks to family-friendly games, live music, and dancing. You can even opt for a VIP experience at the VIP Club with wine, champagne and cheese selections while watching ‘Tour de France.’ Find more information on the official website!


Celebrate the French culture in New York City on Bastille Day! There will be plenty to do and see for the entire family. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on

What’s your favorite thing to do on Bastille Day? Comment below!



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