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By Scott Roberto / July 12, 12:00 AM
French Accent


Looking to celebrate Gallic culture and independence this July? Outside of dining on escargot and pâté and sipping on a crisp Sancerre at one of the Hub’s fine French eateries, there are a couple of ways to revel in liberté, egalité, fraternité in Boston. The Back Bay’s French Library has long hosted Bastille Day parties, although on a smaller scale in recent years. For 2023, the institution returns to the Brookline location of French dining favorite La Voile for a family-friendly fête on July 14 from 5:30–10 p.m. that boasts live music, face painting, storytelling (en français, of course), delicious appetizers like croque-monsieurs, trivia, dancing and glasses of rosé from Provence. There’s even a raffle to win dinner for two and a French Library membership, as well as a prize for the most fabulous French outfit—and kids under 12 get in for free. For more revolutionary fun, head to the Bastille Day block party (pictured) in Harvard Square on July 21 from 5–10 p.m. Co-sponsored by Bonde Fine Wine Shop, this street fest at 54 Church St. features savory French fare, a wine garden, music from guitarist Bobby Keyes and his band, a DJ and the opportunity to dance under the stars to French hits from the ’80s and ’90s.  No matter what bank of the Charles River you party on, you’ll be able to close your eyes and imagine you’re right by the Seine.

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