Bastille Day, which fell on a Friday this summer, is a national holiday for French people everywhere.

 Towns light up their skies with fireworks to celebrate the occasion, and Paris holds its largest annual military parade on the Champs Elysees in front of the President’s palace.  Many firehouses host their own bal des pompiers  firemen’s ball on the eve of the holiday or the night of the 14th, welcoming guests to dance and have a drink with the firemen.  As one of France’s biggest holidays, Bastille Day is a toast to Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite.

Here in Miami the Consul General Monsieur Clement Leclerc threw a Bastille evening bash for invited guests at the Kovens Center in the FIU north campus complex.  Hundreds of Francophiles and Franco phones enjoyed Champagne and wines while dining on Thierry’s culinary creations.  Info

Happy Fete Nationale et Vive La France.