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Bastille Day 2015 - LaFayette Returns to America!

  • Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

Bastille Day 2015 - La Fayette Returns to America!

July 10, 2015

JOIN US FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL EVENING! Bastille Day 2015 will celebrate “Lafayette returns to America” and the spirit of freedom the United States and France have shared, and owed to one another, for the last two centuries.


On Friday, July 10, the Embassy of France will welcome Washingtonians to the Comité Tricolore's spectacular annual Bastille Day celebration! 

In 1780, the French frigate the Hermione carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America, where he played a pivotal role in America's bid for independence. This summer, an authentic recreation of the Hermione will sail to the U.S. -- and to celebrate the spirit of freedom, a very special Bastille Day event at the French Embassy will transport you and your guests to a supremely elegant and romantic 18th century grand soirée!

Period entertainment -- both music and dancing -- will enchant you... you'll meet costumed contemporaries of Lafayette as you sample exquisite fare from some of Washington's finest restaurants, hotels and pastry shops... and the evening ends with a fast-forward to the present as a DJ invites you to dance the night away!     

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Proceeds from this evening will help to sustain the Comité Tricolore's mission throughout the year. The ComitéTricolore is a registered not-for-profit association whose mission is to serve as a society for French and French-American organizations of the Washington, DC area to share ideas, develop relationships and promote French culture. All members are volunteers and profits raised are entirely dedicated to the Comité's social deeds towards the less privileged..

Answers to frequently asked questions below. 


Please bring a valid ID for security check-in. Must be 21 years old.

Please print your tickets and have your ID in hand when you arrive; this will assist us in expediting check in. All tickets will be scanned, following an ID/security check. If you would like to conserve paper, our scanners will be able to read the QR code on your iPhone or Android device. No backpacks allowed.

If driving, street parking will be available on Reservoir Road and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. There is also a pay lot located across the street at Georgetown University Hospital. Valet parking will be included for Benefactors tickets and available for a fee for others.
If using public transportation, the D6 Metro Bus drops off directly in front of the Embassy of France.

Period Costumes or Cocktail Attire

Limited seating will be available.

We kindly ask for your patience and understanding when waiting in line at check-in, bar or silent auction tables.

Please note that all ticket sales are final. Refunds will not be available, with the exception of event cancellation

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