Ooh la la! Francophiles have their choice of fetes to celebrate Bastille Day. NYC’s annual events include street fairs, outdoor parties, dance events and performances (the cancan!), and more great things to do outside.
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When is Bastille Day?
Officially, Bastille Day is on Thursday, July 14, 2017. The holiday is always held on July 14 to celebrate French National Day (July 14, 1789). When the French holiday does not fall on a Sunday, NYC celebrations are held the Sunday before, so this year you can celebrate Bastille Day in NYC on Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 12pm to 6pm
What is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day, also known as French National Day, is a holiday celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille.
Where is Bastille Day?
While the most popular Bastille Day celebration takes place on 60th Street between Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue, there are multiple fetes happening all over, including a block party in Boerum Hill, a party at nightclub 404 as well as cheese and wine tastings at popular eateries like Murray’s.
Best things to do for Bastille Day in NYC
Celebrate France's Independence Day—the American way—by stuffing your face with delicious delicacies from the many participating bistros and brasseries this year. You can order on special prix-fixe dinner menus for $17.89, $35.78 or $178.90, if it's a special occasion. And some of the highlights include meals from Bistro Cassis, Deux Amis, Tartinery, Oak and more during Bastille Week. So wear your beret and dine like the French!
The French do many things well—art, cuisine, fashion. Near the tippy-top of that list is, of course, their rich chocolates and smooth champagne. During Bastille Day on 60th St, take a break from all the rowdiness outside and head indoors to the eighth floor of the French Institute Alliance Française for a decadent tasting. You can try France’s most prestigious champagnes and pair the sips with European chocolates from Neuhaus, La Maison du Chocolate and more mouthwatering bites.
Celebrate France’s Independance Day at this Gallic fair filled with bakery bites (crêpes, eclairs) from François Payard, Dominique Ansel and Financier Patisserie, plus performances by can-can dancers strutting their stuff to the jubilant Hungry March Band. Enjoy a special show presented by the cast of hit musical An American in Paris, and once the festival fatigue sits in, enjoy nibbles of fromage and baguettes, and sips of beer and various wines from Sud de France.
You don’t have to give us an excuse to eat cheese, but that won't stop Murray’s from hosting a delicious fromage tasting in honor of Bastille Day. France is the emperor of cheeses—Epoisses, Camembert and Brie? Yes, please! So snag a ticket (hurry, they’re selling out!) to enjoy pairing Loire Valley goat cheese to piquant creamy blues with exquisite Biodynamic French wine. Bon appétit!
Drink like the French do during this delicious wine, beer and cocktail tasting during the Bastille Day on 60th Street celebration. There are three sessions, during which you can sample vino from Sud de France, brews via Kroenbourg, a cocktail from Ricard, and much on a selection of cheeses and fresh baguettes. Best part? A ticket only sets you back $25. Done deal.
You’ll shout, “Viva la France!” during this dance fest, as you whirl and twirl to live music provided by the Brick City Gospel Chorale and DJ Super Jaimie. There will be a cash bar and hor d’oeuvres to give you energy and liquid courage to hit the dance floor. You can even try your luck and join the raffle to win a trip for two to Paris!