Bastille Day

Bastille Day, or la Fête nationale (French National Day), is celebrated every year on 14 July to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille, a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is a day to globally celebrate French history, identity and pride.

This year, a civic ceremony will be held on Friday 14th July at the La Perouse Headland at the Laperouse Monument featuring speeches, wreath laying and firing of canons from 10.30am. Please note there will be a limited number of seats provided for invited dignitaries, with standing room only available for the public.

On Friday 14th July, the La Perouse Museum opening hours will be 12pm – 3pm to open the Museum to the public after the morning’s official formalities.

To further celebrate Bastille Day, two special French-themed music performances are planned at the La Perouse Watchtower on Saturday 15th July. These will be ticketed with a strictly limited capacity. More details and tickets will be made available via this page soon.

On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July the La Perouse Museum will also run 30 minute English-speaking tours of the story of Laperouse on the hour between 11am and 3pm (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm).

Other French-themed kids activities at the museum on Sunday 16th July will be announced soon.

For more information contact our Events Team on 9093 6200 or email

Last Updated: 5 June 2023
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