• Monday, July 14, is Bastille Day, the national holiday of France. But the French themselves don’t call today “la fête Bastille.”
Today is simply known as “la fête du 14-juillet” – the July 14th holiday – or more officially, “la fête nationale” – the National Holiday. In 1880, the French decided to celebrate a national holiday; July 14th eventually won out because it was the day of la Fête de la Fédération, a joyous celebration in 1790 that honored the new French Republic and commemorated the one year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.
So the day is a holiday mostly concerning national pride and the values “liberté, fraternité, and égalité,” with a extravagant military parade in Paris, picnics, parties and fireworks. As for Belmont – yes, the town’s name is Old French for “beautiful mountain” – you can find some decent macaroons at LA Burdick Chocolate in Harvard Square.
• The Benton Library at Oakley and Old Middlesex will have pre-school summer story time on Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m.
• The Beech Street Center is holding its second annual Talent Show this Tuesday, July 15 at 1:15 p.m. It was a great event last year so come by and enjoy singing, dancing, reading poetry … and who knows what else?
• The Belmont Public Library will be holding Noon Movies for Children onTuesday, July 15 at … noon in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.
• Einstein’s Workshop program for Young Adults (for kids 10 and older) will be making “Rubber Band Jewelry: The Rainbow Code” on Tuesday, July 15 in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. Discover how to make rubber band bracelets without a loom, learn a few basic codes, and even begin to write your own! Registration is required so call 617-993-2870.
• It’s game day this Friday at the Beech Street Center as it holds “Tea and Games on the Patio” on Friday, July 18 at 1 p.m. There will be scrabble, checkers, cribbage and Trivial Pursuit along with iced tea and some cookies.