Here at French Chef at Home while we are partial to any celebration, Bastille Day or la Fête Nationale is without doubt our favourite. The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille (14 July 1789) which is considered a key turning point of the French Revolution.
Celebrations include fireworks shows (most notably that at the Champ de Mars in Paris), and balls held at fire stations across Paris. One of the most famous celebrations is the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. Held every year on the morning of July 14 since 1880, the parade is held on the Champs-Élysées and passes from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde.
Even though these events are all popular throughout France, many French people keep their Bastille Day celebrations low-key. As a public holiday, locals tend to spend quality time with loved ones and unsurprisingly food takes centre stage.
Yves has created three traditional French ‘terroir’ dishes to celebrate Bastille Day which are perfect if you’re looking for classic French cuisine. You can find the recipes here: