Celebrated on July 14, Bastille Day is the French national holiday and the most important bank holiday in France.
What is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille, a military fortress and prison, on July 14, 1789 during a pivotal time in the French revolution. The storming sent a signal to the French monarchy that the French people were embracing the revolution’s motto, liberté, égalité, fraternité, or liberty, equality and brotherhood. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.
Official celebrations were held in Paris on June 30, 1878, to honor the Republic of France. A politician named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a holiday in France in 1880. The law was enacted on July 6, 1880. Bastille Day was a public holiday for the first time on July 14, 1880.
In Paris, Bastille Day is celebrated with a military parade down the Champs-Élysées, one of the city’s major avenues. The parade starts at the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Place de la Concorde. Leaders from all around the world are invited to partake in their nation’s festivities.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the French national flag, or tricolor, are important symbols of Bastille Day. During the celebrations, you will see many people wearing clothing or face paint in these colors.
Just as we celebrate our own independence with the 4th of July, the French have Bastille Day, which is just as monumental. In the U.S., we celebrate this French holiday (with respect to their culture) with plenty of wine and French food.
At Left Bank, we have an annual Bastille Day celebration that includes authentic dishes, live music and decorations.
Join us for a day of festivities and fun as we commemorate this holiday!