Not everyone has the luxury to zip over to France for Bastille Day on July 14, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate their version of an independence day right from your home town. Check out these top ways to honor Bastille Day close to home:
Visit a local Alliance Francaise
These are wonderful resources, and you can almost be certain your local alliance has Bastille Day festivities planned. For instance, the San Francisco alliance is hosting a "curbside bistro" featuring food and wine.
Check out area French restaurants
Any self-respecting French restaurant is sure to be honoring the Bastille Day holiday. Call your local French restaurant and find out what they have planned. Besides, it's just one more excuse to treat yourself to a fine French meal and great wine.
Consult the Union of French Chambers Of Commerce & Industry Abroad
There are French chambers of commerce around the globe. Go to the UCCIFE
nearest you, which might be hosting events themselves. If not, you can certainly learn about local businesses that might have something planned.
Throw a party
Who says you need to count on someone else having Bastille Day events? If all else fails and there is simply nothing happening near you, just grab some wine, cheese, crackers and a few pals and have your own tres francais