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Philly Bastille Day Celebrations

Liberté, égalité, fraternité! Here's where to celebrate freedom around town.

If celebrating the Women’s World Cup turned you into a Francophile, get that beret back on and wave the tricolore because Bastille Day is happening this Sunday! Commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison during the Revolution, le quatorze juillet is France’s celebration of independence. If you want to get in on the party and bring your kids, here are your best bets around Philly!

Block Party in Fairmount

July 13, 1—10 pm

2120 Fairmount Ave.


Though sadly the Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s drag chanteuse Edith Piaf will sing no more, Fairmount is hosting a free block party to keep the celebration going. There will be live performances, lawn games, food trucks, and family-friendly entertainment including face painting.

Bastille Day Celebration at Parc

July 14, 10 am—5 pm

227 S. 18th St.


Bastille Day is also Parc’s birthday, so they shut down their street for face painting, balloon art, stilt-walker performances, and outdoor dining. Plus, visit the pop-up Polaroid station, and fill out a tag with your favorite Parc memory to hang on the fence along Rittenhouse Square.

Block Party at The Good King Tavern

July 14, noon—7 pm

614 S. Seventh St.


The Good King Tavern’s annual Bastille Day block party features street games like corn hole, soccer, beer pong, jenga, and ladder ball; plus family fun like face painting and raffle baskets. There will also be DJ music and street food specials.

Barbecue at RIM Café

July 14, 4—8 pm

1172 S. Ninth St.


The ever-charming Rene will “make it happen” and celebrate his homeland’s independence with a barbecue!

Worth the Drive: Ardmore’s Bastille Day Block Party

July 14, 11 am—4 pm

Station Avenue at Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore


Two of our Ardmore favorites, The Bercy and Delice Et Chocolat, come together to host a Bastille Day party in downtown Ardmore! This daylong event features can can dancers, games, crafts, live music, food and drink specials, and more!


Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer