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Franschhoek was founded by a small band of French Huguenot refugees in the late 17th century, and more than 300 years later, its Gallic influence remains strong. Case in point: The biggest celebration of the year is the annual Bastille Day festival every July, where locals don red, white, and blue and participate in a parade, boules tournaments, barrel-rolling competitions, and more.

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Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Franschhoek was founded by a small band of French Huguenot refugees in the late 17th century, and more than 300 years later, its Gallic influence remains strong. Case in point: The biggest celebration of the year is the annual Bastille Day festival every July, where locals don red, white, and blue and participate in a parade, boules tournaments, barrel-rolling competitions, and more.