July 4, 1776 marks the signing of the US’ declaration of Independence. This holiday really marks the beginning of summer for me back home. Fireworks, BBQs, pool parties, baseball games, and bonfires on the beach… oh how I miss these things some times. I can’t remember the last time I truly celebrated 4th of July, maybe 4 years ago. Since I have been in Europe I have either been traveling or trying to embrace the culture of the new countries I was living in. Seeing as how France’s National holiday is 10 days after American independence day, there are so many festivities going on you don’t feel like your missing out. However, this year I had the urge to find places in Paris that will have some special events going on. Normally the US embassy of Paris hosts an event for Americans living in Paris, but this year it is not open to the public:( In the end I was able to find several cool options for those looking to have a little piece of home here in Paris this 4th of July.
BHV- Marais Surprise
Every day this week up until July 4th, BHV department store at Hotel de Ville has a special surprise event for Americans in Paris on their rooftop terrace.Rumor has it that there will be a great view of the city, American food, and giveaways.
Bon Appétit Street Food Festival #3
From noon until 23h Bon Appétit Street food festival will be celebrating the 4th of July with 10 American themed street food vendors, DJ sets, and a Pétanque tournament (French twist).
Apéro Jazz Cruise
You can celebrate the 4th of July on a cruise ride along the Canal de l’ourq and indulge in American gastronomie, beer tastings, and jazz & blues music by Kalani Trio band. For more information click here.
You can never go wrong with a good ole picnic. You can always organize a 4th of July themed picnic with friends near one of the canals or parks in Paris. I’m sure you will run into other Americans with the same idea.
Happy 4th of July!