Fourteen July (French: Bastille Day) is the national holiday of France. On this day, the storming of the Bastille prison celebrated, which in 1789 the French Revolution began. Formally, this is not entirely correct: it celebrates the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, the festival of the French federation.
That was a patriotic celebration on July 14, 1790 to emphasize the unity of France. In 1880, the day a national holiday declared. The patriotism was after the debacle of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) is to use a boost.
Bastille Day in France is traditionally celebrated with fireworks, often the previous evening, but on the day. This involves professionally staged shows. On the morning of July 14 begins with a big military parade on the Champs-Elysées in the presence of the incumbent President of the Republic.
The French flag is a symbol of the republic, hung out. The colors of the flag are also found in all sorts of festive decorations.
In most municipalities there is to this day a grand fireworks display followed by a ball populiare (a dance for the entire population) are organized.