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Bastille Day is a beautiful day of importance for the people in France. Also called as French Independence day (or) French National Day (or) Bastille festival. Every year, July 14 is celebrated as Bastille Day be all the people in France. Also, some celebrations can also be seen in cities like New York and Paris. Bastille Day has it’s own interesting History, a very good Importance in France and also has wonderful Traditions.

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête nationale

The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, an important event in Paris in a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

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The name ‘Bastille Day‘ is given to all the English speaking countries for French National day. The other names/original names for Bastille Day in France are :
  • French National Day
  • French Independence Day
  • Fete Nationale France
  • La fete Nationale
  • Quatorze Julliet and other names
  • 14 juillet

What is Bastille Day ?

Bastille Day Parade, French Parade for Bastille Day
Militants parading for Bastille Day in France among Citizens
As the name suggests, Bastille Day is an event celebrated in the happiness of Freedom and Independence of the French citizens. The day is celebrated to represent and symbolize Peace prospects in the nation. 14th July, 1878 is the day of origin for Bastille Day because the celebrations and a National Holiday for Bastille Day were approved in 1878, 89 years after the Storming of Bastille happened.

History and Origin of Bastille Day :

The history and origin for ‘la fete nationale‘ are different. The history represents the ‘storming of Bastille’ as an historic event but Bastille day is a feast/celebration that has been commenced after the storming. This is the reason Bastille Day has been made as a festival rather than a Memorial day.
Before 14th July, 1878, a pre-feast on 30 June, 1878 has been arranged for the people of France which is called ‘Claude Monet’ and again on 14th July, 1878 a semi-feast has been arranged in the memory of abolishing of ‘Fuedalism’ in the French nations.
On 19 May 1789, Louis XVI invited Estates-General to air their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate , representing the common people and the nobility , decided to break away and form a National Assembly. The Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath , swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis XVI started to recognize the validity of their concerns.[clarification needed] on 27 June. The assembly renamed itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution.
Jacques Necker, the finance minister, who was sympathetic to the Third Estate, was dismissed on 11 July. The people of Paris then stormed the Bastille, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal army or by foreign regiments of mercenaries in the king’s service, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace. The Bastille was a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet , arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed and did not indicate the reason for the imprisonment. The Bastille held a large cache of ammunition and gunpowder, it was also known for holding political prisoners whose writings had displeased the royal government, and was thus a symbol of the absolutism of the monarchy. As it happened, at the time of the attack in July 1789 there were only seven inmates, none of great political significance.
The crowd was eventually reinforced by mutinous Gardes Françaises , whose usual role was to protect public buildings. They proved a fair match for the fort’s defenders, and Governor de Launay, the commander of the Bastille, capitulated and opened the gates to avoid a mutual massacre. However, possibly because of a misunderstanding, fighting resumed. According to the official documents, about 200 attackers and just one defender died in the actual fighting, but in the aftermath, de Launay and seven other defenders were killed, as was Jacques de Flesselles, the prévôt des marchands, the elected head of the city’s guilds, who under the feudal monarchy also had the competences of a present-day mayor .
Shortly after the storming of the Bastille, late in the evening of 4 August, after a very stormy session of the Assemblée Constituante, feudalism was abolished. On 26 August, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was proclaimed.

Storming the Bastille {Event} :

Storming of Bastille, Bastille Day Storming, July 14 1979 Storming of Bastille
A painting of Storming of Bastille on July 14, 1979
In 1789, King Louis XVI was reigning the France area and there used to be an area named ‘Bastille’ which is sort of a French prison that resembled a fortress. Bastille was used to jail the prisoners who opposed the royal decree or punish the prisoners inside Bastille. This did not go well with the public of that time. Bastille was also used as a storage spot for a lot of ammunition and people feared that this will be used against them. So, an attack was planned and many citizens stormed into Bastille in July 1789. Much of the crowd was controlled by the French guards and Governor De Launay (Bastille commander) feared that this fight will lead to a massacre between citizens and guards of Bastille and opened the gates to Bastille. A rampant crowd stormed into Bastille eventually burning and ruining the whole fortress.
About 200-250 attackers and Seven members of the royal Government were killed in the Bastille massacre.

Importance :

Due to the storming of Bastille, a very heated and disciplined argument raised in the assembly of the French Royal Government and the final decision to abolish ‘Fuedalism’ in the country has been taken.
On 26th August, Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen)  has been declared and France was set to develop as a free country with constitution.


Bastille day was all about the celebration in the Eiffel Tower which is in Paris and the Symbol of this National holiday is French national flag, or tricolor, are some of the important symbols of Bastille Day. The same colors are displayed in pamphlets and banners of many shapes on occasion of Bastille Day. People may also wear clothing or face paint in these familiar colors, most probably Red, White, Blue.

Celebration In Paris

Many people in  france make a visit to paris in these days. There are many tourists and photographers who also visit for a mind-blowing and Amazing view of the Fireworks Near Eiffel Tower.

Traditions :

Bastille Day is similar to Patrick’s Day (or) Memorial Day where all the traditions are made to remind us of the History and the greatness of it.
Bastille Day is celebrated with Parades and Fireworks. Bastille Day is also celebrated all over the world where there is French Influence. Some of the Bastille Day Traditions are :
  • Parades in New York, Paris, France
  • The Government approving a market place that will have French food and Wine
  • In India, Bastille Day is celebrated in Pondicherry (Puducherry) by Retired French Marshalls by parading in the streets wearing their uniform
  • Many places in the world host French Food Festivals.
  • Music concerts are also a part of Bastille Day traditions and celebrations

Bastille Day 2019 Quotes

Bastille Day is France’s national holiday. However, the significance of this day goes far beyond the boundaries of French history. The Storming of the Bastille symbolizes the end of aristocratic tyranny, giving the power back to the people Join this Bastille Day send warm heart touching quotes to your near and dear ones. In French this day is call as le 14 juillet 2019 or la Fête Nationale 2019. The following is a collection of the precious few Bastille Day quotes. Enjoy these quotes as we relive this great moment in world history.


No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.


One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny

From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. (On signing law for inclusion of the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance, 14 Jun 54)– Dwight D Eisenhower

Expect a miracle. Have faith and hope. Because night is darkest just before dawn..and you or I do not hold the brush that colors the night and the day.– Rooma Mehra

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment–this day–is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day–each moment of this day–a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.– Dan Custer

Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.– Thomas Jefferson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.– Robert Louis Stephenson


Bastille Day 2019 Military Parade

The Bastille Day Military Parade is the French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880. While previously held elsewhere within or near the capital city, since 1918 it has been held on the Champs-Élysées, with the participation of the Allies as represented in the Versailles Peace Conference, and with the exception of the period of German occupation from 1940 to 1944 .The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, where the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors to France stand. This is a popular event in France, broadcast on French TV, and is the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. In some years, invited detachments of foreign troops take part in the parade and foreign statesmen attend as guests.
Smaller military parades are held in French garrison towns, including Toulon and Belfort, with local troops.