Friday 11 Jul, 2008

Friday Fun Fact: Bastille Day

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Bastille Day—France’s equivalent to the U.S. Fourth of July—is celebrated on the 14th of July.

The popular national holiday commemorates not the famed Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, but the Fête de la Fédération, a huge feast held on the one-year anniversary in 1790.

The Fête de la Fédération celebrated what French citizens believed to be the end of the French Revolution and the start of a constitutional monarchy. It was held on Paris’ Champ de Mars, the present-day site of the Eiffel Tower (as depicted in the painting above).

Remember that on Monday, when you celebrate Bastille Day.