Bastille Day

Bastille Day Jersey City

As of today, Bastille Day remains a symbol of liberty worldwide. It is only natural that Jersey City host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day.

The French American Academy is proud to organize this event in Jersey City.
A leader in bilingual education, the French American Academy serves students from Pre-K2 through Middle School.

In 2020, due to Covid 19 we are joining the French Consulate at United for Bastille Day 2020.

What is it?

A week of celebration from July 10 to July 17, 2020 so that all together we promote the French and French-speaker community in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermudas. Participe to our Bastille Day.

On July 14th 2020,  we will raise the French Flag on the facade of the City Hall of Jersey City at 11pm 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

And our guest of honor will be the Anne Claire Legendre, French Consule Generale in New York.

Therefore please come many to attend this beautiful ceremony. Visit our page French Week fore more information about French Flag Raising Ceremony.

A little bit of history of “14 Juillet” aka Bastille Day

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In French, it is formally called Fête nationale (pronounce; “National Celebration”) and commonly and legally le 14 juillet (French pronunciation; “the 14th of July”).

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on 14 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

Today Bastille Day is a generic name for an event which surpasses the souvenir of an historical event. Today Bastille Day resonates for anyone who loves liberty across the world. The French American Academy is an universal concept of multilingualism and bilingualism. Indeed we believe the more a child knows about another culture the better adult this child will become. That is why we are proud to celebrate Bastille Day in Jersey City.

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