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Bastille Day Fireworks

Paris, France

The streets of Paris become even livelier during the annual La Fête Nationale on July 14. In the early morning, head to the Champs-Élysées to see the largest regular military parade in Europe. Delight in the city’s museums -- many of which are free in honor of the holiday. Afterwards, have an early dinner and then stake out your spot in the Champ de Mars garden for the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower’s fireworks. It’s a national celebration indeed.


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