Ten days after America celebrates their Independence Day, France celebrates French National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Even if you aren’t in the country of croissants and the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love.
On Saturday, July 12, Eastern State Penitentiary and Fairmount Ave will be holding their 20th annual Bastille Day Festival block party, starting at 2 p.m. The highlights of the popular festival begin around 5:30, which include a mock storming of the Bastille with an appearance by Marie Antoinette. The words “Let them eat Tastykake!” serve as a signal for the Philadelphia-based treats to be flung through the air.
Before heading over to Eastern State, stop by London Grill to enjoy some French-themed specials and live music. They will be celebrating the holiday throughout the entire weekend, from July 10 to 14, and are located at 2301 Fairmount Avenue. Additionally, restaurants will be hosting after parties, including London Grill and Alla Spina.
Popular french restaurants throughout Center City like Parc, Bistrot La Minette, and Fond will all be serving special dishes in honor of the holiday.
If you’re in the suburbs, Media is holding their own celebration on July 12 on State Street between Jackson and Orange Streets.
French desserts like crêpes are delicious all year around, but taste extra sweet on July 14th. Bastille Day is the perfect way to add some French flair to your weekend! À la vôtre!