Bastille Day is Tuesday, July 14th!

Celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution -- why not!-- with plenty of parties, cheese and wine in NYC, starting this weekend!

Vive la NYC!

Le District Tasting Tour

NYC's newest French market, Le District, will celebrate
NYC's newest French market, Le District, will celebrate French independence with a tasting tour. Enjoy a glass of wine with your French food adventure from the Boulangerie to the Fromagerie, Charcuterie, Rotisserie, Boucherie and Poissonnerie. $20, July 14th, 225 Liberty St., 5 p.m. - 9p.m. (Credit: Le District )

Play petanque (or just watch) on Smith Street

Arguably the center of French culture in NYC,
Arguably the center of French culture in NYC, Smith Street in Boerum Hill is home to a Bastille Day celebration that's been going on for 14 years. The action is concentrated around the restaurant Bar Tabac, on the corner of Dean Street and Smith Street on Sunday, July 12. The street is shut down, sand is dumped and pétanque courts are built. The games begin at noon, and as many as 64 teams compete. Come cheer them on, listen to French and jazz music in the streets and knock back some rose or Pastis. (Credit: FLICKR/ Wally G)

Bastille Day Ball

Take in all the French culture via sounds,
Take in all the French culture via sounds, taste and tipples at the Bastille Day Ball, a 92-year-old tradition hosted annually by the French Ambassador to the United States, the French Ambassador to the UN and the Consul General of France in New York. DJ Super Jaimie will be on hand and the celebrated Cabaret Français chanteuse Adrienne Haan will perform. 6 p.m., Club 404, 404 10th Ave. Info and tickets: bastilledayball.org (Credit: bastilledayball.org)

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French Aperitif Flights at Anfora

West Village wine bar Anfora will celebrate the
West Village wine bar Anfora will celebrate the Republic of France on July 14th with signature French Aperitifs! Enjoy $13-16 flights and cocktails featuring classic French spirits like Ricard Pastis, Green Chartreuse, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Ricard, Aperol and more! 34 8th Ave., 212-518-2722 (Credit: Anfora )

Eat at a French restaurant

New York City is filled with delightful French
New York City is filled with delightful French restaurants, from the high end: Le Bernardin, Daniel, Buvette to the more casual bistro: Balthazar, Bar Tabac, Lafayette. There are many more in between too, including the new and esteemed Rotisserie Georgette and our personal fave, the old-school theater district standby Tout Va Bien. (Credit: FLICKR/ woodwood)

Bastille Day at Hotel Chantelle

Head to this trendy LES hotspot on actual
Head to this trendy LES hotspot on actual Bastille Day (July 14) for live jazz by Dandy Wellington and his band and French 75's for just $7. What a deal. 92 Ludlow St. hotelchantelle.com (Credit: Hotel Chantelle)

Tour de Queens

Not necessarily for Bastille Day, but the Tour
Not necessarily for Bastille Day, but the Tour de Queens is like the Tour de France, right? Grab a bike on Sunday, July 12 and head down to Astoria Park for a 20-mile bike ride through your favorite neighborhoods in Queens. Registration for this ride (not a race) is $22.50 per person. All proceeds go to Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit working to make New York City's streets safer. More info and registration: bikenyc.org/tourdequeens (Credit: Facebook/ Transportation Alternatives)

Eat Francois Payard eclairs all day

Chef Francois Payard will be serving French pastries
Chef Francois Payard will be serving French pastries as part of the Alliance Francais Bastille Day celebration on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues. His classic chocolate and coffee eclairs and apricot, peach, strawberry and lemon tarts are just $5 and French sandwiches like Jambon and Brie are $7. payard.com (Credit: Francois Payard Bakery)

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Drink ALL THE ROSE

Summer is already the season for Rose, and
Summer is already the season for Rose, and we can't think of a better day to drink it exclusively, and profusely. Any bottle will do (they don't even need to be French, but you could go that way if you want to be tre authentic), but definitely check out our list of the best rose's under $25! Vive la France! (Credit: White Girl Rosé)