14 July is the national holiday when France celebrates Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of Bastille prison in 1789, which helped sparked the French Revolution of 1789. The devastation of the prison was used to mark France’s beginnings of democracy which is why it’s important that French people continue to remember and celebrate Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale) today.
If you’re in Paris (you lucky thing), head to Champs-Elysées to see jet formations, a military parade led by the president from the Arc de Triompge to the Place de la Concorde and partying Parisians who will dance the night away under an explosion of fireworks over the Trocadéro. We recommend arriving as early as possible to get the best view of this very popular procession.
Outside of Paris, most French towns and villages will host dances with lots of music, fireworks and of course, plenty of champagne!
If you’re not in France though, most French restaurants will probably be honouring the day, and various countries such as India and South America which once had French controlled areas, also boast large festivities on the day.
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