Bastille Day, July 14, 2020: military parade replaced by a ceremony at the Place de la Concorde

Published by Julie M., Charlene S. · Published on 4 June 2020 at 12h20 · Updated on 5 June 2020 at 11h42
Bastille Day aka France’s National Day on July 14 is traditionally celebrated with a military parade on the Champs-Elysées. But amid the coronavirus pandemic and gatherings still limited in France, the parade is replaced by a very private ceremony at the Place de la Concorde on Thursday July 14, 2020.

July 14, 2020 for Bastille Day will take place without the traditional parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This is what the Elysée announced this Thursday June 4, 2020. As a matter of fact, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the French government goes for a ceremony at the Place de la Concorde.

In the current health context, as gatherings over 5,000 people are still banned in the country, the government considers celebrating Bastille Day with a very special ceremony. Held at the Place de la Concorde, the event is expected to bring “2000 participants and about 2,500 guests” with strict respect of the “social distancing rules” the Elysée says.

The definitive program has not been presented yet by the Minister of the Armed Forces, but we already know the July 14’s ceremony will pay tribute to caregivers. If this year, military will not parade on the Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde, as they are used to, the air parade in the Parisian sky seems to be sustained.

As of today, the ceremony is not said to open to the public, but the Elysée says “the situation will be re-assessed by July 14”, depending on the evolution of the health crisis in the next weeks.

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