Bastille Day 2013 in Paris is more than just a celebration, it is a reaffirmation of freedom itself. Commemorated each July 14th, Bastille Day has been a public holiday since 1880, and is known in France as The National Celebration. On this day is remembered the storming of the hated symbol of oppression that was the Bastille prison fortress, the event which precipitated the French Revolution. Communal meals, parties and fireworks displays take place, but the most important event is the biggest and oldest regularly scheduled military parade in the world. This is held along the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and is accompanied by a flypast staged by the French Air Force. This stirring and inspiring event is free and open to all. The Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel is pleased to welcome visitors to Paris on this proud occasion.
The Bastille was a prison, but even more it was a symbol of decadent and absolute royal power. When it was taken in 1789 the action signalled a newly emergent will of the people against the all powerful monarchy and towards liberation and democracy. This resolve paved the way towards the creation of the First Republic in 1792. So it can be seen that Bastille Day has a deeply profound meaning for the people of France, and its commemoration each year restates their commitment to the ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. It is an event which must be experienced, and Paris welcomes visitors to share their joy.
Our 3 star hotel is located just a stroll from the Eiffel Tower, right in the heart of the city, and is the perfect base from which to celebrate Bastille Day and enjoy (despite the crowds) the beautiful fireworks launched from the Pont d'Iena at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! We are situated on the rue Viala, named appropriately enough after a hero of the Revolution. Our friendly staff will be happy to advise you on how to make the most of the celebrations.
Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand