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Celebrate Bastille Day in Vancouver

Jack Hauen Jul 01, 2016 2:40 am

En avance to Bastille Day!

No, it’s not a day of celebration for the singers of that “Pompeii” song from 2013. The Bastille Day Festival Society is a partnership of a bunch of French organizations in Vancouver to celebrate one of France’s biggest holidays.

So what is Bastille Day? The holiday commemorates July 14, 1789, when thousands of French peasants stormed La Bastille, the medieval fortress that had grown into a symbol of the corruption and hypocrisy of the French government. That event set off the French Revolution, so, you know… pretty big deal.

The Vancouver event serves to celebrate not only the holiday, but French culture in general. Vancouver Bastille Day will feature a French food market, a Bal des Pompiers (firefighter party), a Vancouver Aquarium exhibit, vintage cars, mimes, a raffle, and more.

Check out all the details at


Bastille Day Festival

Where: Roundhouse Community Center

When: July 14

Admission: Free

Jack Hauen
Jack is a fourth-year UBC student, coordinating editor of The Ubyssey, and two golden retrievers in a human suit.

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