Today is Bastille Day! Bastille Day is a national holiday in
France, celebrated annually on July 14. It is quite similar to the
Independence Day festivities in the United States.
The Bastille was a stronghold built in Paris in the 14th century. In
fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign,
Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his
power. In 1789, rioters stormed the Bastille and proceeded to demolish
it. It was an act of rebellion and marked the beginning of the French
Today, the French celebrate Bastille Day and their independence with
parties, parades, and festivals. Uncork a bottle of French wine or dine
at a French restaurant to join in the fun!
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