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Quatorze Juillet

"Bastille Day"
July 14

Referred to as Bastille Day in English, Quatorze Juillet is a French national holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an open act of rebellion against the monarchy that is considered a turning point of the French Revolution, which preceded the emergence of the modern French "nation." Two days after the storming of the Bastille, King Louis XVI officially recognized France's new tricolor flag -- the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and brotherhood.

The Storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution, the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Republic of France.

Défilés du 14 juillet

Many military parades are held in France on the morning of 14 July, the largest and most significant of which takes place on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

National Flag

The "tricolour" flag is an emblem of the Fifth Republic. It originated around the time of the French Revolution. The white represents the King, and the blue and red represents the City of Paris.  The flag is flown from many public buildings and is on display during civil and military ceremonies.


In Paris, 14 July is celebrated with fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, which many residents observe from bridges crossing the Seine River.

Le Bal de Sapeurs Pompiers

On July 13, with blue, white and red flags waving, French celebrants spill out on the streets for Le Bal de Sapeurs Pompiers - open air dances at local firehouses.

Other Celebrations

Francophiles around the world sponsor and attend Bastille Day fêtes, sip Ricard or Pastis (anise-flavored liqueurs), play Bocce, and eat French cheese.

One of the largest Bastille Day celebrations in the U.S. takes place in New Orleans, a city rich in French history and culture. Parties in the French Quarter, especially, feature French dance bands, a French dog contest, a waiter's and bartender's race, and a Marie Antoinette re-enactor serving cake.

In Faubourg St. John, Louisiana - arguably the most Francophile of American cities -  the annual celebration of Bastille Day includes food, music, art and pétanque, or French lawn bowling.

L’Enfant Cafe at 2000 18th Street NW in Washington, DC, hosts an annual Bastille Day party that spreads over the entire city block. Activities include a masquerade ball and an infamous French Maid Race in which up to 40 competitors wearing short, frilly, and laced apron dresses compete at filling Champagne glasses with soup spoons of water.


Bulletin Board
The Storming of the Bastille (July 14)
The Storming of the Bastille

Flag of France
Flag of France


Burgundy Escargots
Defile du 14 Juillet by Michel Delacroix
Defile du 14 Juillet by Michel Delacroix 

Gold Fleur-de-lis Heart Pendant
Gold Fleur-de-lis Heart Pendant

Bastille Day in Paris DVD
Bastille Day in Paris DVD

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