Bastille Day 2015: French National Day

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Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD

Bastille Day in France

Bastille Day is a day of celebration for France. On July 14 large scale public events celebrate France’s annual commemoration of the liberation of France marked by the storming of Bastille.

The day is full of meals, dances, parties, fireworks and a military parade. To French people the day is known as “La Fête Nationale” and is a nationwide holiday.

The original of the term Bastille Day comes from the medieval prison called Bastille. During the reign of Louis XVI’s royal government political prisoners were held in Bastille for arbitary reasons and no chance of appeal. Due to this historical event, Bastille became known as a symbol of oppression. The people of Paris stormed the fortress on July 14, 1789.

Bastille Military Parade

The annual military parade which happens on Bastille Day includes service men and women from various units, including cadets from military schools, the French Navy and the French Foreign Legion. The parade usually ends with the Paris Fire Brigade and a air force fly over.

Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 - J.Salles©ECPAD
Bastille Day July 14 2015 – J.Salles©ECPAD