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French Bastille Day

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About French Bastille Day

When is Bastille Day? This holiday is always celebrated on July 14

 Bastille Day commemorates modern France and French democracy. This July 14 holiday is a French holiday. But, you can celebrate it, too. Celebrate it like you would celebrate the Fourth of July.

Bastille Day symbolizes the end of the constitutional monarchy, and the beginning of the democratic republic of France. To Frenchmen, Bastille Day is viewed as their liberation.

Bastille Day is actually called Fete de la Federation. In France, it is a holiday that is celebrated with military parades.

Happy Bastille Day and “Vive la France!”

A little Bastille Day History

In the late 1700s, France was ruled by a king.

On July 14, 1789, there was an uprising against the constitutional monarchy, and the people stormed Bastille.

Bastille was actually a prison, and it was a symbol of the monarchy.

The goal was to create reconciliation for all of France, promote unity, and purse liberty from the monarchy.

This uprising ultimately led to the birth of democracy in France.

Fete de la Federation was first held on July 14, 1790, the first anniversary of the storming of the prison at Bastille.

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How to Celebrate Bastille Day

There are many things you can do to celebrate Bastille Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Learn more about Bastille Day and the French Revolution.
  • If you are a citizen of France or of French heritage, celebrate this holiday with picnics and fireworks.
  • If there’s not a single French DNA strand in your body, why not celebrate this day anyways!? 

Today's Quote

“The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom” – – Voltaire

History and Origin of Bastille Day

The history of the Bastille uprising is well-documented. What we do not know, is when this became an actual holiday. 

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