The revolutionaries who inspired July 14 in France


Guests watch from the top of the Arc de Triomphe the French Alpha planes of the Patrouille de France fly over the avenue des Champs-Élysées during the military parade on July 14, 2020 (AP Photo / Francois Mori)

A crowd of revolutionaries, tired of being ruled by their king, stormed a prison, freed the prisoners inside, and fled stealing hordes of weapons.

The attack on the Bastille on July 14, 1789 is known as Bastille Day. It started the war which will end with the surrender of power by the King of France, and it is still celebrated every year in France.

This year, July 14, also known as the National Day of France or National Holiday – is Wednesday. According to Britannica, the French celebrate the holiday much like Americans celebrate July 4th.

Bastille Day is considered one of the most important public holidays in France and signifies independence from France. Bastille Day was officially named a public holiday in 1880, but it was first celebrated in 1790.

France celebrates with events like the Bals des Pompiers, or firefighters ball, where you can dance and mingle with the firefighters. There is also a large military parade held on the Champs-Élysées, a famous shopping avenue, which the French president usually attends.

Do you dream of having your own July 14th party or Party? Here are some suggestions.

1. Eat French foods

While the French don’t associate any specific foods with Bastille Day the way we do with July 4th – like hot dogs, watermelon, burgers, chips, and popsicles – eating French food is still a feast for your stomach.

Try some popular snacks in France, such as crepes, pastries, croissants or quiches.

2. Read an immersive book set in France

“Madeline,” written by author Ludwig Bemelmans, takes readers through Paris, showcasing famous places such as the Eiffel Tower, the Opera, Notre-Dame and the Jardin du Luxembourg.

If you could visit France, which sites would you like to visit the most?

3. Watch a movie set in Paris

Disney’s “Ratatouille”, named after a French stewed vegetable dish, takes place in Paris, the French capital. Remy the Rat befriends Chef Alfredo Linguini, and the duo turn a shared dream of becoming a Chef into reality – as they attempt to stop evil Chef Skinner.

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Thelma J. Longworth

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