Bastille Day Fun Facts!
Did You Know...
- Bastille Day happens every year on July 14th
- The date is based on the storming of the "bastille", which happened July 14th, 1789
- During the storming of the bastille, political prisoners were released
- France was ruled by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette at the time
- Louis and Marie were forced to hide at the palace of Versailles because of the angry mobs
- Bastille Day is also celebrated in many french-speaking countries
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a large Bastille Day celebration that lasts four days - they even have a 43 foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower
- Much like July 4th in the states, all over France people celebrate with fireworks, dances, and musical performances
- There were only 7 prisoners in the bastille when it was stormed (it was only big enough to hold 50)
- The mob that stormed the Bastille didn't just set prisoners free, they also armed themselves with weapons
- Bastille Day became a national holiday in France in 1880
- Bastille Day is recognized as the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution
- the French Republic was formed in 1792
- Before the republic was established, France went through a period called "The Reign of Terror," where many people of the aristocratic class were executed.
- At the end of the parade in Paris the French President usually gives a speech
- The oldest military parade in Europe is held in Paris on this day, starting at the Champs Elysées and ending at the Arc de Triomphe
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