Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day


Bastille Day is Thursday, July 14. But you can unleash your inner Francophile all week long.

1. Monday
Bring l’esprit de France into your home. Stop by the French Rendez-vous for fresh baked croissants as well as snacks, oilcloth, table linens, soaps, ceramic cicadas, and other goodies imported from France at Sylvain Acher’s delightful Madisonville shop.

2. Wednesday
Liberte, egalite, fraternite…mangez! Jean Robert’s Table offers up a five-course dinner menu Monday through Thursday this week. On Monday, July 18 his annual French country buffet returns from 6-9 p.m. with music by Sylvain Acher and French Axe.

3. Thursday (Bastille Day!)–Saturday
La Petite Pierre in Madeira serves up a Bastille Day rendition of their “fill the pot” take-home meal program. Register and pay ($75) online, then bring a pot from home and take away a French picnic for two that includes a whole lemon tarragon chicken, Parisian gougeres, French potato salad vinaigrette, summer ratatouille and chaussons aux pommes, triple cream brie, baguette, and a bottle of Bellaruche rose.

4. Friday
Bring a dish to share and head to Swaim Park in Montgomery for the Alliance Francaise’s Bastille Day potluck picnic. Music by The Faux Frenchmen. Free for members, small fee for non-members. 6:30-9:30 p.m.,

5. Saturday
To honor its French sister city, Neuilly-Plaisance, the city of Montgomery’s annual Bastille Day Summer Street Festival returns with food, games, craft beer, wine and everyone’s favorite French power pop group, Naked Karate Girls. Noon–11pm.

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