Bastille Day is France's version of the Fourth of July—patriotism served with champagne instead of Budweiser. The parties at downtown's Le Pichet and Cafe Presse on Capitol Hill contain live music, Parisian street food, and a general frenzy; get there early or you may be crowded out. You can also storm Bastille in Ballard, which promises to be "in full celebration mode" with a patio party ($5 oysters/charcuterie/wine and live music), burlesque in the bar, and, in the grass across the street, a tourney of petanque (like bocce, but Frenchier). À votre santé! (www.lepichetseattle.com, www.cafepresseseattle.com, www.bastilleseattle.com; free entry)