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Bastille Day also known as La Fête Nationale (National Celebration) or le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July) is the French national holiday which has been celebrated on 14 July each year since 1880.

Contrary to popular belief, it does not commemorate the storming of the Bastille as this day was considered too bloody.
It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, which was celebrating the end of divine right of kings and the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789

On May 21, 1880, Benjamin Raspail MP tabled the legislation making the July 14 the national holiday.
To celebrate Bastille day, usually firework take place in July the 13th for small towns and July the 14th for big ones.
by blueyes42 July 14, 2010
A day in which all french people get together to celebrate cunninglinguistism
im goignto have alot of fun on Bastille day
by Peter Wilcock July 12, 2006
France's national holiday. Also Cedric's birthday.
Bastille Day is July 14th
by c_r_g July 10, 2008
The start of a bloody revolution in France, a period where many thousands died in paranoid France. This period also saw France's aristocracy takes thier money elsewhere, making the country poor and weak. Bastille day marks the beggining of one of the worst perods of France's history.
Why don't the froggies celebrate October the 19th (1453- end of the hundred years' war) or the 7th of January (1558- liberation of calais- the actual end of the hundred years war) as a national holiday.
by Kung-fu Jesus July 27, 2004

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