Bastille Day (Le Quatorze Juillet)
On Saturday, Francophiles everywhere celebrated Bastille Day, France’s national holiday. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a fortress-prison in the center of Paris that represented royal authority. The Bastille’s fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.
Bastille Day festivities include a fireworks display at the Eiffel Tour and the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe, held on the Champs-Élysées.