Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a military fortress and prison in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution. Much like the Fourth of July in America, Bastille Day – known in France as la Fête nationale or le 14 juillet (14 July) – is a public holiday in France, celebrated by nationwide festivities including fireworks, parades and parties.
Attendees will see France’s tricolor flag, hear the French motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (“liberty, equality and fraternity”) and break into singing La Marseillaise, all popular symbols of France. In one of the world’s oldest annual military parades, French troops have marched each year since Bastille Day of 1880 along the Champs-Elysées in Paris before French government officials and world leaders.
- Enjoy our Bastille Day French celebration – here
- Watch this short clip explaining more about Bastille Day – here
- Watch previous Bastille Day parades in all their glory – here
- Embrace all things French with Lingo Flamingo’s Tour de France – here
- Enjoy a Fabulous France quiz to test your knowledge – here