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Best Place to Celebrate French National Day

Your visit to France is on 14th July? It is a celebration day, the beginning of French Revolution back in 1789. No wonder, the party is everywhere in France. There are fireworks, walking parades, balls, concerts, etc. So, where is the best place to attend this celebration?

  1. Paris

The first option, obviously, the capital, Paris. The greatest march-past takes place in Champs Elysees. There are huge military parade before both French President and the crowd. The procession begin from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. The street is lined with blue, white and red decorations with the jets fly past the Arc de Triomphe in formation. In the night, the impressive fireworks can be seen in Eiffel Tower. Just save your seat in Champs de Mars or Trocadero by come earlier, because everyone wants to get there.

  1. Lyon

The fireworks in this third largest city in France takes place on the Fourvière hilltop overlooking basilica and Saône river. You can also dancing on the riverbank to a mix of French, Caribbean, African, Brazilian and American beats at the free ball.

  1. Carcassonne

Located one hour from Toulouse, the medieval walled city of Carcassonne celebrates the Festival de la Cite in the month of July, which includes many music and theatre performances. The Bastille Day celebrations run alongside this festival. In the night, this city is fired up with the most outstanding fireworks display. This one of the largest display in Europe lasts 25 minutes with more than 700.000 spectators.

  1. Marseille

Marseille’s celebration lasts 2 days and includes a folk parade and ball, music and dancing at the Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves. You can also watch 14 July fireworks in the Marseilles’s Vieux Port. For more relaxed place to watch the fireworks, you can visit Frioul Islands (a collection of four islands off the coast of Marseilles.

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