July 14, 2018

Happy Bastille Day

Today marks the day in 1789 that French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Bastille Day is a national holiday in France. Many people participate in large-scale activities, just like we do on July 4 in the United States. There are usually fireworks, but also communal meals, dances, and a military parade in Paris.  In French, it is called "Fête Nationale" (National Day), or "le quatorze juillet" (14 July).  The Eiffel Tower and the tricolor (the French Flag) are important symbols of this day.

Learn more about Bastille Day here.

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