Bastille Day, Smith Street Brooklyn

Bastille Day, celebrated early on Smith Street in Brooklyn, is the French National Holiday celebrated every July 14th commemorating the uprising of the French people in the late 18th century during the reign of Louis XVI. The storming of the Bastille in 1789  lead to the abolition of feudalism and the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. As such, this holiday is celebrated by French citizens and those of French heritage worldwide. Of course, not being one to pass up a good festival, I met with some friends and commenced celebrating the French uprising. The festivities on Smith Street included Pétanque, Lillet, guillotine replicas, and lots of french accents. As I didn’t get a photo in the guillotine or try any Lillet, I’m already looking forward to next year’s celebration.

Anyone else celebrating Bastille Day this week?



  1. Jo says

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I love your Bastille Day pics. I’m looking for authentic pics of Brooklyn, for my website and blog and wanted to know if I could use your pic (the one with the lady in the hat one) – if I attributed the image to you?

    Kind regards,



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