The many ways to celebrate Bastille Day 2019 in New York City

The weather’s good, the sky is blue: Bastille Day is right around the corner!

In France and all around the world, the day commemorates the storming of the Bastille that launched the Revolution on July 14, 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on July 14, 1790, commemorating the birth of the modern French nation.

The pinnacle of summer, the apotheosis of the year, Bastille Day in NYC is also the perfect occasion to celebrate the French-American friendship, and as such has become a fixture of summer life in the Big Apple.

Here are the many ways you can celebrate France in NYC.

In New York City

The Consulate General of France in New York’s Bastille Day Party, 2019 Edition : Central Park !

The original Bastille Day NYC Party. Often imitated, never surpassed.

Join us in Central Park for a night of live music, drinks and celebration beneath the stars.

This authentic French event will take place on Sunday, July 14th from 6:00pm until 11:00pm at The Central Park Loeb Boathouse.

FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration


For over 20 years, FIAF has hosted New York’s largest public celebration of France’s national holiday.

Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France.

When : Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 12 to 5pm
Where : On 60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue

French Restaurant Week, from July 8 to 21

From July 8 to 21, diners will experience masterful cuisine and gastronomy while honoring French culture and history. For two weeks restaurants will once again offer prix-fixe menus at $17.89, $25, $42, and $178.90 to commemorate the French Revolution in 1789.

Participating New York restaurants: A.O.C. - A.O.C. East – Bistro Leo – Boucherie – Boucherie
Union Square – Brasserie 8 1⁄2 - Café Centro – Coco - Deux Amis – Excuse My French – Fig &
Olive – Jubilee First – La Sirene – La Sirene Upper West Side – Lena – Maison Harlem –
Perrine – Petite Boucherie – St Tropez West Village.
Participating Chicago restaurants: Fig & Olive - Margeaux - Oceanique

The French American Yacht Club’s Bastille Day Sail


The French American Yacht Club’s second Bastille Day Sail will take place on July 13.

All boat owners (and skippers from all sailing clubs) can join to honor Bastille Day and the French American friendship.

Boats will meet in front of the mooring field of Pier 25 and sail down South of Lady Liberty before sailing back North.

The parade sail will start at 2pm and finish around 4pm. And there will be an after-sail cocktail.

The 100th anniversary of Citroen Automobiles on July 14

The annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & Rendezvous this year will commemorate the 100th anniversary of French automaker, Citroën. Car lovers will be able get up close to classic models at the finishing point for the annual rally on 60th Street.

Sunday, July 14, 2019
9:00 AM Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Drive South & 122nd Street

Pétanque at Félix on July 12

Starting at noon. Ricard and pétanque!

340 West Broadway, NY 10013
+1 (212) 431 - 0021


Pétanque, live music starting at 11am.

2723 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
+1 (212) 316 - 5000

BAR TABAC on July 14

Pétanque and live music starting at noon.

128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 (718) 923 - 0918

In New Jersey

French Week in Jersey City (July 8 to 13)


The French Week is organized by the French American Academy.

Opening remarks will be made by Director of the French American Academy Jean-François Gueguen, followed with a word by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and a Keynote address by Consul General of France in New York Anne-Claire Legendre.

Last modified on 09/06/2020

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