Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.
Bastille Day falls during the Tour de France and is traditionally a day when French riders try to take a stage victory for France, working harder than they might on other days.
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Dennis and I watched the Bastille Day Parade from the steps of the Madeleine with my sister-in-law Sallie Bell and niece Morgan in 1987. I smiled when Morgan caught the souvenir vendor in the church attempting to cheat her when giving change. He didn't expect a pretty little American girl to speak such perfect French!