Bastille Day (July 14th) is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789. Celebrations take place all over France, and there is nowhere better to celebrate than in the capital city of Paris! There is a large military parade on the Champs-Élysées in front of the President, along with other French officials and foreign guests. Last year, celebrations did not take place due to the pandemic, so France was more ready than ever to celebrate their national holiday! The parade this year in Paris was a scaled-down version, with only 10,000 people in the stands instead of 25,000.
Our CIEE students celebrated with their friends and host families in different ways. Many students enjoyed the day off from school to walk around and explore more of Paris. Others had an outstanding view of the fireworks show from their homes. The celebration was a great way for students to build their host family connections and to see how the French celebrate their national holiday!
VIVE LA FRANCE!!!