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Bastille Day France
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Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on 14 July each year.

In France, it is formally called La Fete Nationale and commonly le quatorze juillet. It commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation, 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. Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic. Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture. Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks. The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the French national flag, or tricolor, are important symbols of Bastille Day. There is a large military parade in Paris in the morning of July 14. Service men and women from various units, including cadets from military schools, the French Navy and the French Foreign Legion, participate in the parade. The parade ends with the Paris Fire Brigade. Military aircraft fly over the parade route during the parade. The French president opens the parade and reviews the troops and thousands of people line the route. Other people spend the day quietly and eat a celebratory meal or picnic with family and close friends.


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