Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2021 in Florida

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Cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festivities of July 14 return with fanfare this year in Miami and the rest of Florida. Here is a quick look at the events not to miss at Bastille Day (as the Americans call it).

It’s going to be a bumpy ride on the waterfront of the Miami River. The event group French & Famous, co-founded by Frenchmen Éric Even and Cyril Kadouch, is organizing a “Circus” party for the holiday. Festivities take off on Wednesday, July 14, from 7pm to 2am at Wharf, an open-air establishment right on the riverbank. On the program: acrobatics, jugglers, magicians, dancers, musicians, and pétanque tournaments. Put away your berets,  marinières, and other French clichés in favor of the suggested tricolor attire. 114 SW North River Dr, Miami – (786) 538-2502 – Info and reservations here. French Morning, a partner of this event, is giving away five pairs of tickets to this event. To enter to win, fill out the form below:


Music lovers will appreciate the party filled with French rhythms organized by the restaurant Le Zoo in Bal Harbour. The establishment will welcome French singer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Raffard, leader of the international group The French Horn Collective, to set the mood at 7pm. 9700 Collins Ave #135, Miami Beach – (305) 602-9663 – Info and reservations here.

Patriotism will also be honored on the West Coast of Florida, where the Alliance Française de Naples will host an early celebration of the fête nationale with a dinner organized Friday, July 9, at 6pm at Café Normandie, with many French specialties. 3756 Tamiami Trail N, Naples – (239) 276-4125 – Info and reservations here.

Bleu, blanc, and rouge ambiance can also be found in Tampa, where the French American Business Council of West Florida (FRAMCO) will do double-duty to celebrate the storming of the Bastille. Run for more than a year by Christian Bréchot, former director of the Pasteur Institute, the chamber of commerce is planning, in collaboration with a detachment of the French Army in Florida, an event Wednesday, July 14, from 6pm to 8:30pm aboard the ship SS American Victory, a boat-museum anchored at the city’s port. 705 Channelside Dr, Tampa – By invitation

FRAMCO is also partnering with the Union des Français de l’étranger (UFE) of Tampa to organize a festive evening for French food lovers on Friday, July 16, starting at 6pm at Chez Faby restaurant in downtown Tampa. 500 N Tampa St, Tampa – (813) 919-4842 – Info and reservations here.

The French colors will also be flying by the Alliance Française de Sarasota, which has planned an “apéritif dinatoire” on Wednesday, July 14, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bird Key Yacht Club. 301 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota – 941-955-0700 – Info and reservations here.

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