Bastille Day is celebrated annually on July 14 in France and French-speaking regions around the world.
France’s famous summer national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Signifying the start of the French Revolution, more than 200 years on it’s still a central event in the nation’s calendar. The evening before the holiday, Parisians dance at Place de la Bastille. At 10am on the 14th, crowds line up along the Champs-Elysées as the President reviews a full military parade, which is the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. In the evening, La Tour Eiffel takes centre stage as the sight of some pretty audacious fireworks.