Bastille Day around the world in 2019

Bastille Day around the world in 2019
A Gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral overlooks Paris.
  How long until Bastille Day?
This holiday next takes place in 24 days.
  Dates of Bastille Day around the world
2021VariousJul 14
FranceWed, Jul 14National Holiday
French GuianaWed, Jul 14National Holiday
French PolynesiaWed, Jul 14National Holiday
GuadeloupeWed, Jul 14National Holiday
MartiniqueWed, Jul 14National Holiday
Saint MartinWed, Jul 14National Holiday
2020VariousJul 14
FranceTue, Jul 14National Holiday
French GuianaTue, Jul 14National Holiday
French PolynesiaTue, Jul 14National Holiday
GuadeloupeTue, Jul 14National Holiday
MartiniqueTue, Jul 14National Holiday
Saint MartinTue, Jul 14National Holiday
2019VariousJul 14
FranceSun, Jul 14National Holiday
French GuianaSun, Jul 14National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Jul 14National Holiday
GuadeloupeSun, Jul 14National Holiday
MartiniqueSun, Jul 14National Holiday
Saint MartinSun, Jul 14National Holiday
2018VariousJul 14
FranceSat, Jul 14National Holiday
French GuianaSat, Jul 14National Holiday
French PolynesiaSat, Jul 14National Holiday
GuadeloupeSat, Jul 14National Holiday
MartiniqueSat, Jul 14National Holiday
Saint MartinSat, Jul 14National Holiday
2017FranceJul 14
France Fri, Jul 14National Holiday
Bastille Day celebrates the birth of the French Republic and marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789
  Which countries observe Bastille Day in 2019?
France  FranceJul 14National Holiday
French Guiana  French GuianaJul 14National Holiday
French Polynesia  French PolynesiaJul 14National Holiday
Guadeloupe  GuadeloupeJul 14National Holiday
Martinique  MartiniqueJul 14National Holiday
Saint Martin  Saint MartinJul 14National Holiday

When is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th and marks the birth of the French Republic. It is the National Day of France.

If July 14th falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday in lieu. If July 14th is a Thursday, it is common for many people to take the Friday off to create a 'pont' (bridge ) to the weekend.

In France, it is referred to as la Fête Nationale ("National Holiday"), le quatorze juillet (The Fourteenth of July) or la fête du 14-Juillet (14th July Holiday).

Technically the holiday marks the Fête de la Fédération of the July 14th 1790, which was a huge feast and event to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

History of Bastille Day

However, the holiday is usually seen as a celebration of the storming of the Bastille.

After years of misrule by the Monarchy with increasing taxes and higher food prices, the French people had finally united in a popular uprising in an effort to take control of their own country.

On July 14th 1789, the people of Paris banded together to march on the Bastille. The Bastille was 14th-century medieval fortress that became a state prison. It was used by the King to imprison his opponents, often without trial and was seen as representing the despotism of the regime of Louis the 16th.

The storming of the prison marked the beginning of the French Revolution and came to symbolize liberty, democracy and the struggle against oppression for all the people of France.

On the one-year anniversary of the fall of Bastille, July 14th 1790, delegates from across the country assembled in Paris to proclaim their allegiance as one national community at the Fête de la Fédération.

Bastille Day was declared a French national holiday on July 6th 1880.

How is Bastille Day celebrated?

In the morning of July 14th, Parisians celebrate the holiday with a grand military parade along the Champs Élysées. Known as 'Le Défilé' (the parade), this is the oldest and largest military parade in Europe with more than 4,000 servicemen involved and is attended by the French President and other key dignitaries.

The parade began in 1870 to improve national morale after the defeat in the Franco-Prussian War.

Parties and colourful fairs take place throughout France in celebration of Bastille Day.

La Fête Nationale is also a public holiday on July 14th in French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna.

Vive le France! Celebrate Bastille Day with your Hue lights!

Did you know?

Three facts about Bastille Day

France is the most visited country in the world. 83 million people visited the nation in 2012.

There are more French-speaking people in Africa than in France.

The political terms 'left wing' and 'right wing' come from the seating arrangements of the National Assembly in late 18th-century France, when progressive politicians would sit to the left of the president and conservative politicians to the right.

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