Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture. It celebrates the end of the French Revolution. Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks. There is a large military parade in Paris in the morning of July 14. Service men and women from various units, including cadets from military schools, the French Navy and the French Foreign Legion, participate in the parade. The parade ends with the Paris Fire Brigade. Military aircraft fly over the parade route during the parade. The French president opens the parade and reviews the troops and thousands of people line the route. Other people spend the day quietly and eat a celebratory meal or picnic with family and close friends.
While we are nowhere near France, we’ve still got plenty of options to do a little celebrating of our own here in Miami.
Here’s a few places where you can get your Bastille Day celebrations on:
LaMuse Cafe, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way #102 (at EPIC Hotel) Miami, FL 33131
Thanks to LaMuse Cafe tucked inside the award-winning Avant Gallery in Downtown Miami, you don't need Bastille Day to enjoy French cuisine for just one day of the year. However, if you'd like to celebrate the special occasion tomorrow, the cafe's chef Arthur Arnaize recommends these top goodies available on Bastille Day, including fresh quiches, salad niçoise, and crepe roll desserts. Bon appétit!
La Côte, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
La Côte, Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s chic, Mediterranean oceanfront restaurant, is hosting a Bastille Day celebration Friday, July 14th with live entertainment including French DJ’s, dancers and musicians. Guests can dine and dance while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Fontainebleau’s iconic poolscape. Imbibers can choose from an assortment of rosé and champagne from the rolling champagne cart featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Bertaud Belieu Rosé along with two special Bastille Day inspired cocktails – French Press made with vodka and fresh watermelon juice and the Bastille made with vodka, Prosecco, and passionfruit.
Le Zoo, 9700 Collins Ave #135, Miami Beach, FL 33154
Petanque players, fashionistas, musicians and mimes come together to celebrate Bastille Day at Le Zoo, Stephen Starr’s French destination in Bal Harbour. The chic brasserie will be celebrating throughout the weekend with menu specials including $1 oysters, an outdoor ice cream cart and creative specialty cocktails. On Friday evening guests can look forward to an energetic performance from Miami-based band The French Horn Collective starting at 6:30 p.m. Other fun activities include a mime who will perform throughout the day, a photo booth and a petanque court located between Le Zoo and its sister restaurant Makoto.
Villa Azur, 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Continue Independence festivities by helping the French celebrate theirs at Villa Azur’s Bastille Day Bash! Decorated for the occasion in the colors of the French flag, Villa Azur has concocted a diverse menu of French specialties to satisfy hungry Francophone and Francophile taste buds. The Miami hotspot will feature a lively ambiance with a live band and singer Ale More to start, followed by resident French DJ Stephan M to dance under the stars.