Every year, France celebrates the 14th of July as Bastille Day, also known as "La Fête Nationale". Bastille Day symbolizes the overthrow of the monarchy and the beginning of a new French Republic. On July 14, 1789, the common people of France stormed Bastille, a military prison, to show their opposition to the tyrannical rule of the French aristocrats. Traditionally Bastille Day is celebrated with a military parade, the largest of which is held on a famous Paris street, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where the head of the state and other prominent people are present.
In France people celebrate the holiday in different regions by organizing local dance and fireworks displays during the evening. The history of this celebration is rooted to the significance of the birth of the republic.
Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, but other places that celebrate the holiday include Martinique, New Caledonia, French Guiana, Reunion, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and French Polynesia. Bastille Day is also celebrated in other parts of the world where a significant French population resides. On Friday, July 14, 2017 the celebrations will start early in the morning, like they do every year.
To celebrate this day, service men and women from different units including the French Navy, French Foreign Legion and cadets from military schools take part in the parade. If you are celebrating, get ready to partake in dance, parties, communal meals, fireworks, balls, and more events, which will be held throughout the day. Celebrate the day by going out for a picnic or hosting a meal at home with family and close friends.
During Bastille Day, people can be seen dressed in clothes comprising the colors of the French flag (blue, white and red). Many people paint their face in these colors and go out to celebrate in the streets.