Bastille Day

July 14 is Bastille Day! Bastille Day is a national holiday in France that commemorates the storming of the Bastille – then a symbol of the absolute power of King Louis XIV’s old regime -  on July 14, 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution, the end of the old regime and absolute monarchy and, eventually, the creation of the French Republic in 1792.

Bastille Day celebrations include the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées, communal meals, dancing, musical performances and firework displays.

Learn more about Bastille Day  and the history behind the holiday by clicking the source links below.

Sources: diplomatie.gouv.fr, timeanddate.com, french.about.com
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