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Bastille Day Is July 14

Are you missing that Independence Day spirit? There’s another national holiday coming up that you…

  • July 12, 2019

Are you missing that Independence Day spirit? There’s another national holiday coming up that you might want to celebrate: France’s Bastille Day.

Bastille Day is a holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille—a military fortress and prison—on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution.

Besides holding gunpowder and other supplies valuable to revolutionaries, the Bastille also symbolized the callous tyranny of the French monarchy, especially King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.

These days, Bastille Day is like the 4th of July in the U.S.

Yet, it is a French holiday. So, why should Americans care? Just look at the allied side at that pivotal late battle of the Revolutionary War: the Siege at Yorktown. The French showed up in force, allowing the Continental Army to prevail.

In fact, the French were our closest allies in defeating the British – something Americans often seem to forget.

So, there’s nothing more all-American than celebrating Bastille Day.