Bastille Day

Bastille Day is celebrated as a public holiday in France on July 14

Bastille Day is celebrated with a large military parade, family picnics, and spectacular firework shows. Along with these many fun activities you get the day off from school and work

Bastille Day is in remembrance of the storming of the Bastille prison that was a pivotal moment in the French Revolution.

The storming of the Bastille was the start of the French Revolution. King Louis XVI was taxing the French citizens to pay up for his vast debts. He later sent his military to the city of Paris where the citizens were in an uproar due to this act. The people of Paris took 3,000 guns and 5 cannons, but the weapons all needed gun powder which was being stored in the Bastille Prison. So the citizens stormed the prison freeing all the prisoners but at the cost of near 100 of the citizens and 8 guards.

Bastille Day is similar to the 4th of July in the United States. They are similar as in both holidays you are showing your patriotism to your country as well as parades and spectacular fireworks show's


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