Here are the details to this yea’s Bastille Day celebrations!
What is Paris like on Bastille Day?
Bastille day is a huge National holiday celebrated in Paris and certainly not to be missed! What is Paris like on Bastille Day? Usually and as it has been in the past years, there’s a full program of parades, fireworks, concerts and dances to commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution back in the 18th century. However, under the current circumstances, Bastille Day 2020 will be a bit different.
What’s going to be open?
As it is a national holiday, many establishments will be closed on the 14th July, or at least have shorter opening hours. We recommend you check the website of any café/ restaurant/ museum etc that you are planning to visit to avoid any disappointment!
According to Paris’ official tourism website, here schedules of attractions on July 14, 2020:
– Château de Versailles
– Arc de Triomphe
– Musée d’Orsay
– Musée du quai Branly -Jacques Chirac
– Musée Rodin
– Catacombes de Paris
– Musée de l’Armée aux Invalides
– Château de Vaux-le Vicomte
– L’Atelier des Lumières
– Dali Paris
– Tour Montparnasse
Carrousel du Louvre :10:00-19:00
Forum des Halles : 10:00-20:00
Le BHV Maris : 11:00-20:00
Le Bon Marché : 11:00-18:40
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann: 11:00-19:00
Bercy Village : 10:00-20:00
Beaugrenelle : 10:00-20:30
Val d’Europe: 10:00-20:00
La Vallée Village: 10:00-20:30
Transport on Bastille Day
We recommend using the metro/ RER. During the 14th July, the metro will run an hour longer than usual, with the last trains arriving at their terminus at around 2:15 am.
There will be various metro stations closed at different times, follow the link to find out more.
Car & bus
Avoid using the car/ bus if possible! The roads surrounding Trocadéro will be closed off to vehicles from 2pm
Events on Bastille Day 2020
This year, Bastille Day will be celebrated a little bit differently. Here’s what to expect:
-Instead of the annual military parade, there will be a very private ceremony at the Place de la Concorde.
– gatherings of more than 5,000 people are still banned and so the ceremony will only have 2,000 participants and 2,500 guests with strict social distancing rules
– this year’s ceremony will be to pay tribute to France’s healthcare workers