Bastille day traditions are celebrated in France by everyone. There are lots of fun festivities plus ceremonies of remembrance for this important time in French history.
This day commemorates the important historical event of the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789.
L’arrestation du gouverneur de la Bastille, le 14 juillet 1789 by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand
It was a revolt of the people suffering from the hardships of famine that plagued the country at the time and years of rule by a monarchy that lived like the kings they were, while the people literally starved. This event marked the beginning of the fall of the monarchy in France and the move towards the forming of a republic.
For a good overview of this very important time in French history see our French Revolution timeline.
Paris is the place for the big festivities and events.
The night before there is many public dances and private ones.
Bal du 14 Juillet
Firehouses open their doors to the public for dancing and demonstrations July 13 and July 14. The dancing starts around 9pm and goes as late as 4am. All the firemen wear their uniforms. Although one firehouse last year had a firemen striptease which was very popular.
Check out where you can go to a Firemen's Ball.
French military academy military parade on the champs-Elysees
© Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons
Military parade flyover
© 2007 BenAveling. Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons License
After the Parade
©2006 Celeste Hutchins. Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons License
All the villages across France host their own dance, street parties, champagne and fireworks.
Bastille day fireworks in Marseille, France
©Shane McGregor. Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons License.
Wherever you are there is a chance to celebrate: London, New York, everywhere.
Happy Bastille Day!
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