Quatorze Juillet"Bastille Day"
The Fourteenth of July Celebration in Paris
by Vincent Van Gogh, 11" x 17"
2016 Tour de France ~ La Course by Le Tour de France
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.
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.
The Storming of the Bastille
Flag of France
Defile du 14 Juillet by Michel Delacroix
Gold Fleur-de-lis Heart Pendant
Bastille Day in Paris DVD