National Day in Provence
Each year, the 14th July celebrates the French National Day. Shows, parades, dinner dances, fireworks, theme evenings, firemen balls… In Provence, the National Day is for all tastes and ages! But here, between fireworks and popular dances, traditions are not forgotten: people play lottery, gather in dance halls, around “sardinades” (grilled sardines party), local bullfighting festivals and, of course, around games of “petanque”. This is the program of the 13st and 14th July in Provence, around Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Martigues, Arles and Salon de Provence, for a colorful National Day!
AIX-EN-PROVENCE : Firework
The 14th July at 11pm
JOUQUES : Picnic and Republican Party with band
The 13st July at 7PM – Place des anciens combattants)
LA FARE-LES-OLIVIERS : Grilled sardines party and ball
The 13st July – Paul Doumer’s School Playground
LAMBESC : Great convivial meal, entertainments, popular ball and fireworks
The 13st July at 10PM
SIMIANE-COLLONGUE : Commemoration, mayor’s speech, show and parade
The 14th July – “Cours des héros”
TRETS : Fireworks & ball
The 14th July at 10PM – “Stade Burles”
VENELLES : Fireworks & ball with Jean Michel Hernu’s band
The 13st July from 8.30PM to 1AM – “Esplanade Cezanne” & “Place des Logis”
AUBAGNE : Fireworks & Ball
The 14th July – De Lattre’s Stadium & Cours Maréchal Foch
AURIOL : Fireworks & popular ball with Syrius band
The 14th July – Emmanuel Boyer’s Stadium & “Cours du 4 septembre”
CUGES-LES-PINS : Presentation of the new flag of the town hall, aperitif, grilled sardines party & dance evening
The 14th July
GEMENOS : Fireworks & ball
The 13th July – JB d’Albertas’ Park & “Parvis de la Mairie”
LA BOUILLADISSE – Grilled sardines party, musical show, children’s games, cavalcade, ball & fireworks
From 8th to 15th July – “Place de la Mairie” & stadium
LA DESTROUSSE : Grilled sardines party
The 13th July at 8PM – “Place de la Mairie”
LA PENNE-SUR-HUVEAUNE: Lanterns march, fireworks & popular ball
The 13th July at 9.30PM – “Place Jean Pellegrin”
ROQUEVAIRE : Grilled sardines party & ball
The 13th July at 6.30PM – “Cours Négrel Féraud”
ALLAUCH : Fireworks
The 14th July at 10.15PM
CARRY LE ROUET : Festive evening, water and light performance & popular ball
The 14th July – Jean Jaurès’ Esplanade
LA CIOTAT : Fireworks & animations
The 13th July at 10.30PM – “Vieux Port”
MARSEILLE : Important military parade on the Prado avenue, fireworks around the "Vieux Port" on the 80s atmosphere, balls and "guinguettes" in Marseille's streets.
The 14th July – Prado avenue and Vieux port
SAUSSET-LES-PINS : Candlelight march, show, fair, fireworks & ball with “Les Mélomanes” band
The 13th July at 9.30PM – “Môle du Port”
CHÂTEAUNEUF-LES-MARTIGUES : Show of firemen, fireworks, shows with band and DJ
The 14th July at 11AM and 7PM – Gerard Poret’s watersports center
ISTRES : Show, ball and fireworks
The 13th July
MARTIGUES : Fireworks and popular balls with bands, “Cours du 4 septembre” and “place Jean Jaurès”
The 14th July at 10.30PM – “Jardin de la Rode”
SAINT-JULIEN LES MARTIGUES : Nocturnal lottery, show, great «méchoui» (lamb barbecue), boules and cards competition and great ball
The 13th and 14th July
NEAR SALON DE PROVENCE
AURONS : Ball
The 13th July –“Place du Boulodrome”
CHÂTEAURENARD : Show, mayor’s speech, aperitif, garlic mayonnaise and ball
The 14th July from 6PM – Isodore Rollande’s Esplanade
EYRARGUES : Pégoulade show, ball with band, fireworks, cow’s races, garlic mayonnaise
The 13th and 14th July
GRAVESON : Great lottery, foam party, popular ball with Pascal Fallals, Encierro in the streets of the village
13th, 14th and 15th July
LA BARBEN : Evening spindle party, entertainments, DJ
The 13th July – “Place des Cèdres”
MAUSSANE LES ALPILLES : Village festival organized by the Baux Valley bullfighting club: ball, aperitif, concerts, fair and bullfighting entertainments
From 13th to 17th July – “Place de l’église”
NOVES : ”Music in the castle" : Italian and Spanish evening
The 13th July
PELISSANE : Parade of “corso fleuri”, fireworks, foam party with dj, ball with band, aperitif, firemen ball
The 13th and 14th July
Our recommendations to fully enjoy the Nomadic European Biennial
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From the producer to the bag
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" Place your bets ! "
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