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14 July Fete Nationale
On and around 14th July
FETE NATIONALE CELEBRATIONS
La Fête de la Bastille or Fête Nationale marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution of 1789.
The Bastille was seen as a symbol of the absolute power of Louis the 16th’s Regime and its storming and defeat represented a symbol of liberty in the fight against perceived oppression of French citizens by the Monarchy.
Bastille Day was declared a French national holiday in 1880, a celebration of the birth of the Republic.
Processions, fireworks, dancing, and a lot of celebrating mark the event every year throughout France. Below is a selection of events but you are advised to check with Tourist Offices to confirm exact dates and details. SOME KIND OF EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN MOST TOWNS AND VILLAGES.
The following are examples of events that take place every year on the 13th, 14th or both. THEY ARE NOT DEFINITIVE. Please contact your local tourist office for exact days, times and places.