Where better to celebrate the national day of France, Bastille Day, than in Frenchtown. This celebration, in honor of the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the French Republic, returns to the streets of Frenchtown, July 14.

Festivities kick-off with a quiche breakfast at the United Methodist Church at 16 Third Street. Then pick up with planned activities from noon to night. Art, music, mimes, puppets and more will line the streets of the scenic riverside town with a celebration of all things Francais. Shops and restaurants will be offering French-themed specials and the day will end with a radio theater performance at Frenchtown’s new arts center.

A few of the planned events include caricature, henna, live music, musicians, and mimes. Music is planned throughout the day with acts like Joe Coco, Rob Lanter, Seth Grossman and Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society. Little ones might be happy to find popular kids duo Lolly and YoYo performing at 3 p.m. at the Lovin’ Oven.

Frenchtown was named after a wealthy French-speaking immigrant who purchased the land in 1794. Henri Mallet-Prevost was a Swiss fugitive of the French Revolution who ran to New Jersey to escape the guillotine. Since Prevost and other early settlers were French-speaking, other locals took on the practice.

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