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Celebrate Bastille Day Virtually

As social distancing measures continue into the summer, it is certain that Bastille Day festivities will look slightly different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!

From French films to podcasts to online workshops, here are some ways to safely celebrate La Fête Nationale from the comfort of your home.

If you're a fan of podcasts...

The Thing About France: Season 3
The new season of our podcast, The Thing About France, is here! The theme is “Americans in Paris,” and episodes will highlight American individuals who have built a life in France. Listen to hear firsthand what everyday life is like in the City of Light.

FrancoFiles: Bastille Day—Then & Now
Tune into our podcast, FrancoFiles, to learn about the history of Bastille Day. This episode discusses the historical context of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, as well as its symbolism. If you’ve ever been curious about the story behind La Fête Nationale, this is for you!

Staycation: Paris in New York
In partnership with Gesso, we created a free audio tour of six New York City landmarks that showcase the deep bond between France and the United States. Tune in to learn about France’s connection to the Statue of Liberty, the Cloisters, and more!

If you're extra and want to explore a full program of events...

United for Bastille Day 2020
From July 10 to 17, the Consulate General of France is hosting United for Bastille Day 2020, a week of celebrations to support the French and Francophile communities of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Bermuda. Events are online and in person and include cooking classes, yoga, beginner French lessons, and more!

Bastille Day Celebrations With the French Embassy
All day on July 14th, the French Embassy in the United States will host an online Bastille Day celebration. Take the French Culture quiz to win French cheese and delicacies, and join online for live music and cultural presentations. At 5PM EST, Ambassador Philippe Étienne will give a live speech!

If you're in the mood to dance...

Bastille Day Playlist

Our new playlist will transport you to the streets of Paris. Featuring tunes inspired by July 14th, it includes everything from revolutionary songs to war songs to pop songs. We recommend blasting it in your living room this Bastille Day!

If you want to have a movie marathon on your couch...

French Streams
What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than by streaming some iconic French films at home? This week’s selection of French streams with Telescope Films honors the 14th of July and its cultural impact.

If you want to curl up with a good book...

Book Club With Chantal Thomas on Farewell, My Queen
On July 18 at 2PM EST, join Albertine for a virtual book club with Chantal Thomas, author of Farewell, My Queen. Translated by Moishe Black, the novel explores the revolutionary events of July 1789 from the perspective of Marie Antoinette’s former reader, who is exiled in Vienna. The discussion will be moderated by Deputy Cultural Counselor Hervé Ferrage and Albertine Director Sandrine Butteau.

If you're looking for kid-friendly activities...

Instagram Live with Albertine via Time Out New York
Join Albertine, New York City’s iconic French bookstore, for live children’s book readings in English and French, as well as a tour of the shop, featuring the spectacular constellation ceiling. Booksellers will read When I Am Big by Maria Dek (in English) and Heureusement by Remy Charlap (in French).