In France Bastille Day is celebrated as a national holiday - with joyous cries of "Viva la France!" to mark the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789.
The 18th century people's revolt was the first step to establishing a republican government, a turn of events wildly cheered by French commoners who finally claimed victory after a long struggle to overturn centuries of royal rule.
This year, Bastille Day falls on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 as the culture of France is celebrated worldwide with - what else? -- champagne! -- and a fun-filled day of French food, movies, and music.
July 14th is always a great excuse to serve up great food or to learn at least a few French
travel phrases, sing a few verses of theFrench national anthemLa Marseillaise - or to break out the French champagne!
Since its falls at the height of the vacation season, be sure to send out invitations early. Purchase invitations or make your own using Bastille Day clipart and headlines such as "
Come join the soirée on Bastille Day...." or "You're invited to a sparkling celebration!"
Also don't forget to include the date, time, RSVP details or any special instructions, like "Bring your favorite French wine!"
Decorate with red, white and blue streamers, or hang French travel posters on the walls. You can also center your decorations around a theme, such as a wine tasting party or a French movie night featuring films such as as "Amelie" or "An American in Paris".
When it comes to French party food, nothing is easier than crepes (see recipe, below), or go all out with classic French culinary creations such as Salad Nicoise, Quiche Lorraine, or homemade chocolate mousse. Easier still, arrange a platter of favorite French cheeses such as brie, roquefort, and camembert served with plenty of crusty baguettes.
Also remember to include a DVD or streaming playlist of popular French songs ("I Love Paris", "La Vie En Rose" "C’est Si Bon") playing quietly in the background as guests mingle.
When the party's over, send guests home happy with party favors or goodie bags stuffed with French macaroons, miniature champagne bottles, or plastic champagne flutes filled with Hershey kisses.
Amusez-vous bien! (Have a good time!)
DID YOU KNOW? Bastille Day fun facts
Milwaukee's own Eiffel Tower.
• In pre-revolutionary France, if you had something bad to say about the king you most likely saw the inside of The Bastille.
• During the storming of the Bastille, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette ("If they don't have bread, let them eat cake") fled 14 miles outside Paris to Versailles. It didn't save them.
• Today, Europe's oldest military parade is the Bastille Day parade in Paris starting at the Champs Elysées and ending at the Arc de Triomphe.
• Like Americans who celebrate Independence Day as "The 4th of July" the French refer to Bastille Day as “Le Quatorze Juillet” (The 14th of July).
French crepes - an easy way to celebrate Bastille Day
For a quick and easy way to celebrate, start the day with your own homemade crepes (very thin pancakes) hot from the griddle or skillet. Kids love 'em, too.
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, butter, and milk.
2. Use a whisk to completely blend all ingredients until smooth.
3. Heat a lightly oiled 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
4. Add a 1/3 cup batter to completely coat the bottom of the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the underside is lightly golden. Use a spatula to loosen the edges, and use your fingertips to flip the crepe over to the other side.
5. Cook for another minute and slide the crepe off the pan. Repeat until all ingredients are used up and re-oil pan as needed as you go.
Makes about 10 crepes.
Serve with butter and syrup, or fresh fruit and cream.
On the Web, learn more about the history of Bastille Day, along with classic French food recipes and party ideas, our custom Bastille Day party music playlist -- and more on how the day is celebrated at Bastille Day events, parties & celebrations on the streets of major cities around the world.
Day - Discover information on current festivities, with pictures
and related resources plus a good overview of the history of
the day and the events leading up to it, from Wikipedia.
Bastille Day Recipes - Find the full AllRecipes guide to celebrating Bastille Day including complete instructions and ingredients for making creme brulee, eclairs, chocolate mousse, traditional sauces, appetizers... and just about anything else you'll need to serve up an
authentic French meal.
Eat, Share - Bastille Day - Check out the site billed as a "Facebook"
for home and professional chefs -- featuring French recipes from
Sweet Apple Crepes to Professional Chef Jeremy Cheng's Mon Gateau Au Chocolat. While you're
here, browse the rest of the offerings at a great concept for a recipe sharing community.
Bastille Day events, parties & celebrations worldwide