French Public Holidays

'Closed' sign, in French

On these French Public Holidays (jours feries) the banks are closed, buses and trains run on a reduced holiday schedule, taxis charge double or more (so take Uber), and on a few of these holidays even the museums are closed…

  • January 1         New Year’s Day (most museums closed)
  • May 1                May Day/Labor Day (no buses/trams, no museums)
  • May 8                V-E Day (WWII Victory in Europe)
  • Apr-June           **See below for floating spring religious holidays
  • July 14               Bastille Day (Fireworks!)
  • August 15          Assumption/Ascension (More fireworks!)
  • November 1      All Saints Day/Toussaint
  • November 11    Armistice Day
  • December 25    Christmas Day (most museums closed)

**Floating Holidays:    2025

  • Easter (Paques)        April 2o (most museums closed)
  • Easter Monday          April 21
  • Ascension                   May 29
  • Pentecost                    June 8
  • Whit Monday            June 9

See Related Pages, Weather in Nice and Things to do in Nice by Month

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