Gather around the city as we celebrate Bastille Day. Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you to fight for this weekend at the historical celebration that is sure to be the pinnacle of the summer.
Get the celebration started with a Bastille Day Block Party. The neighborhood will shut down Kater Street between 7th and 8th for a day of food, drinks, and live music. Be sure to grab a seat at The Good King Tavern before the 4 p.m. start time for prime viewing. 614 S. 7th St., 215-625-3700
Known as the place to see and be seen, Parc is the perfect spot to spend Bastille Day. Act like a Parisian and fill up on tasty French treats, such as the petit plateau or the croque madame with grilled ham, fried egg, and a sauce mornay. 227 S 18th St.; 215-545-2262
Act like a royal and soak in all the French history this city has to offer at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get lost in a classic Monet before checking out Cy Twombly’s Iliad exhibit, on view through October 8. Before you leave, check out the elaborate display of furniture by Louis Tessier. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Kick off the true spirit of Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. An evening filled with exciting performances starting at 5:30 p.m., the hour-long spectacle of song, dance and “beheading” features The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Show. The reenactment of the storming of the Bastille features special appearances from Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin, Sojourner Truth, and a gigantic French baguette! From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., guests can also explore the famous penitentiary after-hours. 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-3300