Bastille Day Fête
You don’t have to travel to France to celebrate Bastille Day in style! New Orleans brings the festivities to you, commemorating the July 14, 1789 anniversary when over 8,000 people stormed a Parisian fortress demanding that political prisoners be released—they also got the weapons being held there. This kick started the French Revolution, which brought Napoleon Bonaparte to fame.
Every year, New Orleans celebrates on the Saturday before July 14 with a block party in Faubourg St. John’s District on the 3100 block of Ponce De Leon Street. Usually, this part of New Orleans is quiet, but this time of year the parties can go all night. Many of the homes used to belong to French Creole aristocrats, and the historic homes are still occupied today.
How Bastille Day Happens
During the block party you’ll enjoy food and drink vendors, many toasts to the occasion, and live music. It’s a family-friendly event with plenty of options for the kids such as games, arts and crafts. Also, the neighborhood stores participate with specials and giveaways.
Indulge in pétanque games, similar to lawn bowling or bocce, and played by 20 million around the world (17 million in France). If you didn’t get enough celebrating during the July 4 festivities, don’t worry. Bastille Day has you covered.