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July is the start of the summer holiday for Parisians and is also when France celebrates its national holiday. From Bastille Day to the open-air cinema, July is brimming with fun events!
July is an exciting and fun month in Paris! Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the Paris Plages, dancing away at the Paris Quartier d'Été Festival or enjoying a picnic and movie in the park, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and enjoy Paris in the summer.
13 July – 21 August 2016
Enjoy a warm summer evening in Paris outdoors at the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Each summer the “Cinéma en plein air” festival presents movies from around the world in the pretty park setting. Many films are in English and the selection runs from blockbusters to art films. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening in the park!
14 July 2016
On July 14th, Paris celebrates Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution. With a national spirit similar to the Fourth of July in America or Canada Day, the celebrations for Bastille Day are some of the most extravagant of the year. Enjoy the impressive military parade down the Champs-Élysées and then at night find the perfect spot to watch the amazing fireworks display around the Eiffel Tower. If you’re staying in one of our Paris Perfect vacation rentals with an Eiffel Tower view, you’ll enjoy front row seats for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays you’ll ever see!
14 July – 7 August 2016
This summer, Paris continues its 26-year tradition of hosting the Quartier d’Été Festival. Also known as the Paris Summer Arts Festival, this is your chance to surround yourself with artistic showcases ranging from dance ensembles, theatrical acts and circus performances. Whether it's on the banks of the Seine River, or at one of the capital's most beloved parks, there's entertainment to be had all over the city. About 15 shows and 100 performances have been organized for your viewing pleasure, and will certainly make your summer in Paris worth while.
24 July 2016
After pedaling for three weeks and over 2,000 miles, cyclists in the world's most famous bicycle race complete the last leg of the race that takes them through the streets of Paris for the grand finale at the finish line on the Champs Elysées. If you're in Paris on Sunday, July 24th, find a spot to watch the race go by or stop in a local café or restaurant. All eyes will be on the finish line!
18 July – 21 August 2016
Paris Plages will once again transform some of the roads along the Seine into a temporary beach resort atmosphere complete with sandboxes where you can rent umbrellas and deck chairs to soak up the sun, a floating pool, live music and sport events and lots of fun summer activities. If the heat of the summer is getting you down, head to the beach … right in the heart of Paris!