Sunday, June 29, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July (American Independence Day) in Paris

Statue of Liberty in Paris

Wondering where to celebrate the 4th of July in Paris? Here are a couple of ideas.

The American Church in Paris will host an old-fashioned 4th of July party, featuring BBQ, Bluegrass music and lots of fun from 5:00 until 10:00 pm. A children's corner will have face-painting and games.

Entrance to the party is free but tickets must be purchased for food, drink, games and rides.

American Church of Paris 
65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 

The Mona Bismarck American Center is celebrating with a "Talk and Tasting" featuring Thomas Abramowicz of The Beast: Maison Deviandes Fumées (Smoked Meat House), a soon-to-open Texas-style barbecue joint in the Marais, and Thomas Deck and Mike Donahue of the new craft brewery Deck & Donahue. The event will be animated with music by Irina. Meet the artisans and sample their products during an aperitif/picnic from 6:00 until 9:00 pm.

Mona Bismarck American Center
34 avenue de New York, 75116
RSVP before June 27 rsvp @ monabismarck.org - €30 per person payable at the entrance.


Meetup's Americans and Internationals Group has organized a special "July 4th Celebration" at Café de la Presse. The venue is fully privatized for their group and has a maximum capacity of 450 people. It also has a large terrace, two bars, dance floor, stage and restaurant seating upstairs. 

Entrance to the 4th of July party, is €10 per person, which includes a free drink. There will be free finger food during Happy Hour (until 10:30 pm). American comfort food is on the menu all night long: hot dog €5; fries €5; burgers €8. American movies will play during Happy Hour and dinner. Afterwards,  the party starts on the dance floor with the DJ playing memorable hits.

Café de la Presse
36 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012

If you would like to add some culture to your 4th of July celebration, Context Travel is offering their regular "Le Jazz Hot, An American Art Form in Paris" tour at 5:30 pm. The tour, which is €65 per person, ends near one of Paris’ premier jazz clubs where you can enjoy an evening show.

Breakfast-in-America, Blues Bar-B-Q and Ralph's (as in Ralph Lauren) are restaurants serving American food.

For a uniquely "American in Paris" experience, picnic on the Île aux Cygnes, an artificially made island in the Seine, with Lady Liberty. Access the island from either Pont de Birhakeim or Pont de Grenelle.

From 2:00 until 5:00 pm on July 5, a representative of the Union of Overseas voters will be at Shakespeare & Company to help Americans register to vote.

Please let me know if I missed any Independence Day events!

Statue of Liberty on the  Île aux Cygnes in Paris

3 comments:

  1. Nice list ! Thanks for the tips. Where will you be celebrating ?

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    1. Hi Laetitia, I hope that you had a good 4th of July in Paris. I ended up celebrating at Mona Bismarck. How about you?

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  2. My package for the reception included passed hors d'oeuvres, premium open bar all night, and a 3 course sit down dinner. When we walked into the dining area, I was blown away.

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